Read through the list of nominees and vote for ‘Canberra’s Choice Award’ by clicking on the ‘Vote here’ box.

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ACT FENCING ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEERS

The team consistently manage impossibilities and obstacles, like a sword through chaff, to make ACT consistently shine as a sporting centre of excellence and regularly host the annual Australian National Fencing Championships.

ACT MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMER NETWORK REPRESENTATIVES 

Breaking down barriers and stigma one committee at a time.

ALISON CHINN – Rowing ACT

Alison epitomises the spirit of volunteering as a passionate and committed supporter of Rowing in the ACT, contributing many hours of her own time as a Director for over 15 years, coordinating the weekly regatta programs, and back-filling the administrative functions of the Association to meet the Mission of “Foster, Promote and Grow the Sport of Rowing in the ACT”.

ALLANAH MARSHALL  – St John Ambulance Australia, Canberra Nightcrew, Camp Quality and Calvary Hospital.

Allanah is a young, 20 year old Canberran who has dedicated her spare time to volunteering roles within St John Ambulance Australia, Canberra Nightcrew, Camp Quality and Calvary Hospital.

ANDREW GRADIE – State Emergency Service (Rivers Unit)

Andrew has demonstrated both thought and leadership qualities, far above and beyond the countless hours of his volunteering time, that has enabled the SES Rivers Unit to provide exceptional response to every request made for both community support and emergency assistance in times of severe weather and storm activity.

ANDREW PROWSE – Cystic Fibrosis ACT

He looks great in speedos and as a cystic fibrosis and lung transplant recipient Andrew selflessly supports a community to live longer and healthier lives everyday!

ASHA CLEMENTI – The Girls Leadership Network

Asha co-founded ‘The Girls Leadership Network’ at 17, and for the past year has been working with a number of organisations, including National Council of Young Women Australia and Jasiri, over the past year to help further gender equality and empower young women across Canberra.

AUSTRALIA-CHINA YOUTH COORPORATION (ACYC) VOLUNTEER SERVICE TEAM

The few, the proud.

AUSTRALIAN BREASTFEEDING ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER TEAM – ACT & Southern NSW

Provide mother to mother support, friendship and information to ACT families at all stages of their breastfeeding journey.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL INSECT COLLECTION (ANIC) VOLUNTEER TEAM

The ANIC have contributed close to 108,000 hours over the last 20 years (since the scheme started in 1998 ), greatly assisting in the curation, maintenance and preservation of this irreplaceable national heritage.

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BARRY CHYNOWETH – Volunteers in Policing Program (ACT Policing)

Happy Chappy Barry – always willing to help.

BEATTIE HATFIELD – Uniting Care Kippax

Beattie is a beautiful soul, dedicating her time and energy to support the most vulnerable members of our community. Her calm and caring presence has been a foundation for families to hold on to during difficult times. Beattie has the ability to show genuine empathy and comfort to families who are going through a rough time. She makes you feel that anything you are going through is deeply felt and understood, no matter how small or big it is.

BEYOND BANK AUSTRALIA STAFF

Over the last 60 years the staff at Beyond Bank Australia have supported the Canberra community through their volunteering initiatives both individually and as a team.

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CAMERON DALL – State Emergency Service (Rivers Unit)

Cameron, in his first year as a new SES recruit, has demonstrated a tireless and apparently never ending commitment to training and community support in times of need, that positions him as a role model that his peers and senior SES members look up to.

CANBERRA REGION CANCER CENTRE (CRCC) VOLUNTEERS

The CRCC volunteer team are a cohesive group that offer both genuine and practical support to patients and their families whose lives have been redirected down a confronting path, and where the most simple of gestures from another individual (volunteer) can matter. Words spoken from a patient recently to a volunteer: “What you folks do matters”.

CAROL FLYNN – Community Services #1

Carol is a highly respected wise counsellor and bearer of integrity and civility whose dedication to governance within not-for-profits is transformative and impactful.

CAKE OFF VOLUNTEER CREW – PANDSI ACT

PANDSI Cake Off’s objectives are to reduce the stigma of perinatal depression and anxiety and raise much needed funds for PANDSI, the volunteer Cake Crew make sure these two objectives are met.

COLIN PILLINER – ACT Parks & Conservation Service 

Colin is a quiet achiever, a passionate and motivated volunteer who is committed to protecting our environment from invasive plants.

COMMUNITIES@WORK VOLUNTEER TEAM

Communities@Work’s friendly, caring and dedicated Volunteers support Canberra’s most disadvantaged through food, clothing and support programs, interacting with and making a difference to the lives of over 3,600 community members each month.

CRAIG MULLER –  The Smith Family

Craig is a real stalwart in terms of mentoring students, inspiring them with the many possibilities beyond the school gate, and building their confidence to create brighter futures.

CYCLABILITIES VOLUNTEER TEAM

The Cyclabilities team not only volunteer their time, but they also volunteer heart, soul and empathy to the children and teenagers involved in the program.

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DANIEL FOUAD – Australian Red Cross  

The amazing Dan, doing what he can, for our community, and helping with his heart of gold.

DANIEL OYSTON – Content Grasshopper  

Content Grasshopper, a small business, kindly gives what ever time is required to deliver to us professional, beautifully crafted marketing messages and visual images so people in the ACT can have an end of life journey of their choosing.

DARRYL LUFF – CanTeen

CanTeen, the organisation for young people living with cancer: Darryl is a fantastic human who has supported CanTeen for over 5 years volunteering on camps, recreation days and fundraising events.

BRICK EXPO ENTERPRISES 

Brick Expo is a great fun family event that benefits thousands of Canberrans every year (since 2010), lets recognise the effort put in by the organising committee and thank them for their huge effort year and year after year!

DAVID OSMOND – YMCA of Canberra Runners Club

For more than 16 years, across two running sports and three organisations, Dave’s friendly and helpful quality volunteering has made an invaluable contribution to his fellow volunteers and the Canberra running community.

DELIA QUIGLEY – Diversity ACT

Volunteer and mentor extraordinaire!

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ENCAPMENT VOLUNTEERS 

Encampment’s volunteer team organise and facilitate a peer-led weekend camp for young LGBTIQ people from Canberra and the surrounding region.

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FIONA JARVIS – Cyclabilities 

Fiona has a selfless dedication and a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of others.

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HARTLEY CYCLE CHALLENGE VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers are the backbone of the Cycle Challenge, their support and commitment is genuine and well respected.

HEADS UP

An amazing group of Canberra women paying it forward to those who need it the most. HeadsUp is a local, not for profit organisation who provide support, services and products to women with hair loss from chemotherapy, permanent alopecia, surgery and radiation.

HELEN DIGAN – Canberra & District Historical Society Inc

Helen’s strong commitment to community service is exemplified by her pivotal role in the Canberra & District Historical Society (CDHS) Inc for more than 30 years; as a continuing point of contact, a coordinator of activities and her great contribution to research into, and preservation of, the history of Canberra and the region.

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JEAN GEUE – Friends of Black Mountain

Jean’s vision and persistence have been strong and true assets for nature conservation in the ACT and enhancing community understanding of natural biodiversity in the “Bush Capital” and beyond.

JEAN RICHENS – Heart Foundation Walking Group (Groovy Grannies)

Groovy Granny’s Volunteer Walk Organiser extraordinaire, Jean Richens, is a humble and deserving Heart Foundation champion because she promotes, leads and inspires her dedicated group in the Holt community to improve their health through walking and has been doing it selflessly for an incredible 14 years!

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LEAH WIGGINS – Uniting Care Kippax

A person who supports and has genuine compassion for all.

LEANNE STEVENS – Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT)

Leanne has devoted four years to advocating for the vulnerable people in the Canberra community by sharing her personal lived experience of mental illness with school children, community groups and workplaces, as a Volunteer Educator at MIEACT.

LEE HILL – Goodwin Aged Care Services

Lee’s “can do” yet caring and encouraging way of engaging Canberra’s seniors to get the most out of their day makes him a worthy nominee for the Canberra’s Choice Award.

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MATTHEW FRAWLEY – Dementia Australia

Matt is a calm, gentle, and respectful presence in every Dementia Australia social group that he helps out with, his intuition for working with people living with dementia shines through every single interaction that he has and makes him an invaluable volunteer for our organisation.

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NATALIE WRIGHT – St Vincent de Paul Society

Natalie is a prominent leader in our community, both with the Night Patrol van and our Mini Vinnies program; she has been an influential role model for hundreds of Canberra school students, showing them how to make the time to give back to others through her 12 years of volunteering with St Vincent de Paul Society

NATHAN FOLEY – CanTeen

Nathan is a passionate advocate for the services CanTeen provides, having received that support as he navigated his own cancer journey.

NATIONAL BONSAI AND PENJING COLLECTION AUSTRALIA VOLUNTEERS

The dedicated volunteers working in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection Australia at the National Arboretum Canberra provide a vital service ensuring the collection is open seven days a week, as well as providing a high level of interpretation and education that otherwise might not be available.

NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the National Folk Festival – without their energy, enthusiasm and commitment this iconic Canberra event quite literally would not happen.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA’S VOLUNTEER GUIDES

Bringing Australian stories to life for 20 years.

NIGHT TIME LEGAL SERVICE

Lawyers delivering a vital service, completely free of charge.

NICOLA SEMMLER – Pegasus, Riding for the disabled ACT

Nicola is a trustworthy, reliable, kind-hearted volunteer, and her assistance within our organisation is greatly recognised and respected.

NORA BARROW – Libraries ACT

I am nominating Nora for her long and dedicated volunteering with Libraries ACT English Conversation Class over 23 years.

NOREEN VU – Orange Sky Australia

As volunteer service manager for Orange Sky Canberra, Noreen leads not just in name but by example, forging connections with a diverse volunteer team to build collective capacity and foster individual wellbeing in providing laundry, showers and positive and genuine conversations with some of our community’s most marginalised and misunderstood people.

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OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE GARDENS – HORTICULTURE VOLUNTEERS

A great group of hard working friends in orange, dedicating the early (and often icy) hours of the morning to take care of one of Australia’s most precious rose collections, the Old Parliament House Gardens rose gardens.

ORANGE SKY AUSTRALIA – CANBERRA & QUEANBEYAN

Provides a free mobile laundry service and hot shower in one van and positive and genuine conversations for the homeless and vulnerable.

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PARK CARE – VISITOR ASSIST VOLUNTEERS

The Visitor Assist volunteers’ thirst for knowledge and love for nature connects local, interstate and international visitors of all ages with Canberra’s spectacular natural environment.

ALL PARKCARE VOLUNTEERS –  THE PARK CARE INITIATIVE – ACT Parks and Conservation Service 

ParkCare Volunteers actively contribute to protecting, enhancing and interpreting the natural and cultural values across ACT Reserves and National Parks.

PARKRUN EVENTS TEAM ACROSS CANBERRA

Parkrun event teams across the ACT donate their time to stage FREE, weekly, 5km run/jog/walk events open to all abilities, and ages 4 and up. These teams ensure events occur each week, and are making a difference in their community by providing opportunities to improve physical health and mental wellbeing, whilst promoting the benefits of volunteering and promoting a volunteering culture.

PAUL SLOANE -Pegasus, Riding for the disabled ACT

Paul is truly and whole-heartedly a volunteer of exemplary influence; and his dedication and ongoing support is unconditional and greatly respected within our organisation.

PETER WADE – St Vincent de Paul Society

Peter embodies the Vision – “a hand up” – as well as the Key Values – commitment, compassion, respect, integrity, empathy, advocacy and courage – of the St Vincent de Paul Society in his ongoing engagement and support of homeless and most marginalised individuals in our community, selflessly giving of himself, so that others can benefit from his care and support.

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QUESTACON VOLUNTEERS

Recognising the inclusion of robots in our society, the team developed their own robotics program using simple demonstrations to communicate to the public about robotics technology.

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RAJU KHIANI – Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of the ACT

A highly dedicated individual, determined to make a change for the betterment of the community.

RITU CLEMENTI – The Girls Leadership Network

Ritu is breaking new ground in young women’s leadership in Canberra with her unique non profit, The Girls Leadership Network.

RSPCA VOLUNTEER TEAM

They do more than just save lives – they help provide second chances.

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SALLY DOWSE – Burgmann Anglican School Parents and Friends Association & The Australian Red Cross.

Sally is nominated in recognition of her tremendous and tireless volunteer contribution over many years to the Burgmann Anglican School Parents and Friends Association and to the Australian Red Cross.

SAMUEL FREEMAN – Taekwondo, sailing, Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) 

Inspiring and expanding the life skills of society through education.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL CANBERRA INC

Soroptimist International Canberra Inc inspire action and transform the lives of women and girls.

SATHYA SAI INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION OF AUSTRALIA

Dedication, compassion and leadership in aged-care.

SYMON BADENOCH – CanTeen ACT & NSW

Symon Badenoch is a Canberran realtor who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people living with cancer and continually supports this passion with time, treasure and talent.

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TAKE ONE, LEAVE ONE: The Winter Coat Project

The Project was created by a team of passionate volunteers with the aim of providing warm winter coats to people experiencing homelessness in Canberra.

THE BIG HEART PROJECT COMMITEE

The Big Heart Project Committee are a passionate and tireless team of 15 dedicated volunteers, who were led by Canberra Mum Connie Johnson, and organised the record breaking fundraising event to inspire Australia to vanquish cancer with a five cent piece – The Big Heart Project.

THE GIRLS LEADERSHIP NETWORK

The Girls Leadership Network is a unique program designed to empower high school aged girls to dream, believe and achieve; it is creating our next generation of leaders.

TONY LOPILATO – Community Services #1

Tony encourages and exemplifies the virtue of good citizenship – he enriches the lives of others, particularly those who are vulnerable or less able to help themselves through his ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication.

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VICKY NEWMAN – Rowing ACT

Vicky has sustained volunteer activities over many years both as an official and volunteer, increasing the scope of young rowers to excel and providing critical services to women and families in need.

VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING PROGRAM (ACT POLICING)

Vibrant Volunteers helping their local Police.

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WALTRAUD PIX – Friends of Mount Majura  

Waltraud has boundless energy and enthusiasm to encourage others in Parkcare Volunteer work and leads by setting an exceptional example of selfless commitment for conservation in the ACT.

WODEN State Emergency Services (SES)

Dedication, diligence and community spirit drive this team to achieve to the highest standard.

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YVONNE NICOLLE – Uniting Care Kippax

Yvonne is an epitome of kindness, love and support. She has immersed herself in every opportunity to be able to help and reach out to the most vulnerable people in our community. She has been consistent and present even at her most lowest times and has always put others’ needs ahead of hers.

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WAY FINDING GUIDES

Our Way finding guides offer a kind and caring welcome to the Canberra Hospital Campus.