June Quinlan has been nominated for the Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Award for her life dedicated to caring for women in her community.
June began volunteering with the Sisters of Mercy in the development of Villa Vincent in 1965. While raising her six children, June was an integral member of their school communities, before returning to Villa Vincent in 1983. June has also served with Neighbourhood Watch for over 20 years. After 56 years of service, June still visits OzCare, Villa Vincent, four or five times a week to lend assistance to the residents and staff.
Jillian Staunton, volunteer coordinator at OzCare, noted that June’s quietly-spoken, graceful nature was as much a part of Villa Vincent as the original chapel, and June holds the history of Villa Vincent in her heart.
“When she takes the arm of an elderly resident, a friend, and helps her, or him, to find the way to the chapel for Mass, June is adding quality to the resident’s life that would otherwise be lacking,” said Ms Staunton.
“June Quinlan epitomises the spirit of volunteering. She has given to others all her life.”
CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.
“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”
“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”
Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.