Meet the Volunteering Ambassadors for Queensland
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Diane has worked as a manager, board director, educator, counsellor and volunteer herself. She has taken leadership roles in a variety of national and international volunteer associations. She has been a Director of the International Association for Volunteer Effort. This role included promoting volunteering in the Asia-Pacific region.
She was the inaugural President of the Australian Association for Volunteering from 1990 to 1992 and the Vice President of the National Association for Volunteer Referral Agencies (NAVRA) from 1989 to 1992. These two bodies amalgamated to form Volunteering Australia, and Diane has been Queensland Director on the Volunteering Australia Board.
Diane was the CEO of Volunteering Queensland from 1987-2009, where she led the development of regional Volunteer Resource Centres throughout Queensland and has been involved in the development of standards and accredited training courses for volunteers and volunteer managers, as well as policy and procedures for the involvement of volunteers in nonprofit organisations.
Diane has devoted her life to volunteering and is committed to volunteering as an integral part of community capacity building in today’s society. Diane has been a guest speaker at numerous international and national conferences as well as writing and facilitating training courses for all sectors of the community. She has a social welfare background and received a graduate diploma in Human Service Management from the Queensland University of Technology in 1992.
"As ambassador I will share the inspiration I feel at the great things that are achieved every day in communities through the power of people working together in volunteer action."
David Ham OAM
David is recognised for his service to education and to the community through his volunteering.
David was a Former director of Human Resources, QLD Department of Education, Training, and Employment more than 35 years.
He worked from the age of eighteen until his retirement as a staff teacher, principal, and inspector. He worked as a school inspector of QLD Department of Education from 1980 to 1990. For the final five years, he held the position of Director of Human Resources and managed the professional lives of some fifty thousand employees.
David worked as a volunteer support manager for Volunteering Queensland. He volunteered with Volunteering QLD more than 10 years. He developed and implemented Volunteering Queensland's human resources platform. In 2012, he began to volunteering with BUSHkids, offering a range of free health service to children and their families in rural Queensland communities. He said "as a young teacher and principal in outback Queensland, I was very impressed by the care given to bush children by the Royal Queensland Bush Children's Health Scheme and felt that we as teaching professionals, owed a debt of gratitude to the 'Bushies' as they were affectionately known. "In 2014, he was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the community.