Bringing hope & joy to families of sick children, Helen Tarttelin – North Queensland

Helen Tarttelin, 69, has been nominated for the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award for her hard work and dedication to Ronald McDonald House, North Queensland (RMHNQ).

Helen has devoted twelve years of service to RMHNQ, where she has developed many innovative programs and advocated for the development and implementation of the Indigenous policy for RMHNQ. Helen has also supported volunteers in all areas from training through to creating an inclusive environment for volunteers with disabilities.

Paul Rissman, chairman of the board for RMHNQ and fellow volunteer, said “Helen has set the charity on a course of unwavering mission focus, and a culture of inclusiveness that will continue to help families who have children with serious illness live happier and healthier lives.”

Ellie Thomas, a volunteer at RMHNQ, also said “Helen was not only the Executive Officer for the Ronald McDonald House, but she was a family member to us all.

“Helen made volunteers enjoy coming to the house each day, by making us all feel very important.

“Helen always highlighted the good, and made sure we all knew how invaluable our contributions were to the families staying at the house.”

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.