Kristy McGregor has been nominated for the Youth Volunteering Award for her work in advocating for the positive mental health and wellbeing of women in rural and remote pastoral Queensland.
Over the past seven years Kristy has worked with rural and remote pastoral communities through initiatives that build vibrancy and resilience.
One of this initiatives is by founding Channel Country Ladies Day, an arts and health based festival in remote western Queensland.
Kristy has run a number of other community arts projects that helped cultivate change in the remote parts of Australia such as Voices of Yaraka, a remote arts camp and community workshop and exhibition.
Kristy says “I’ve indulged and developed my love for remote communities and a better understanding of what makes them tick. And most importantly I’ve made friendships and continue to have a wonderful circle of friends whom I consider good friends.”
Kristy’s volunteer roles using arts as a medium of community engagement has taken her to Articulate, the Queensland Regional Arts Conference in Rockhampton in 2013 to present on the role of women’s arts projects in building remote communities, and appointed as a Flying Arts Regional Representative.
As a young volunteer, her leadership, dedication, commitment and passion for rural Australians makes her a fine example of a strong role model for younger generations.
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.