Hope in heartache, Val Russel-Wilson

Val Russel-Wilson has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award for her inspiring work with Cancer Council Queensland.

For over 26 years, Val has been a beacon of comfort and hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Val has visited with, supported, and provided palliative care to countless women throughout her volunteer work, going above and beyond to care for these women in their hardest moments. Since 1999, Val has walked alongside families and patients diagnosed with any type of cancer.

Having beaten breast cancer herself, and despite enduring her own personal tragedy, Val continues to give her time and care to others struck down by cancer.

Cindy Pillay, Volunteer Engagement Advisor for Cancer Council Queensland, noted that Val’s care often made a great impact in the lives of the people she worked with.

“Val is an inspiration in her role due to the tireless dedication she has shown to helping those in her community face cancer,” Ms Pillay said.

“Val is a people person and really enjoys talking to people face-to-face and helping where she can.”

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.