Youth Music Venture (YMV) has been nominated in the Queensland Volunteering Awards for its work in offering a safe place for young people to learn, make friends, build networks and entertain themselves through music.

This article appeared in ABC News Online - Sunshine Coast, 20 May 2016.  With painful memories of the Stolen Generation, Aunty Lillian Burke has volunteered with up to a hundred advisory boards, committees and consultancy groups over the last 10 years, and her efforts have now been formally recognised.

This article appeared in ABC News Online - Sunshine Coast, 26 April 2016. JUNE O'Sullivan has spent a lifetime helping others.  Over the past 70 years June has volunteered for numerous organisations in the Gympie region and loved doing it.

This article appeared in Quest Community News Online, 16 April 2016. Seventeen Mile Rocks’ Dorothy Kirby has volunteered at South Brisbane’s Maritime Museum for the past 42 years and has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Queensland Volunteering Awards to be announced in May.

This article appeared in The Chronicle, 26 March 2016. Toowoomba woman Serenette Crombie has devoted herself to improving the lives of young women.  The 24-year-old has been nominated for the inaugural Queensland Volunteering Awards after 11 years of volunteering for the Queensland Country Women's Association Young Leaders program. 

This article appeared in Mission to Seafarers Port of Brisbane, 21 March 2016. You might not have heard of the Mission to Seafarers but that’s where Fitzgibbon’s Marcia Scholes has been volunteering since 1946.

Cheyenne is a Year 12 student from Ipswich State High School who is completing a CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Cheyenne loves to help others and brighten up their day. She has dedicated time to volunteering at The Animal Welfare League, Cityhope Care and Tarampa Lodge. One of her most memorable experiences has been playing with the kittens at The Animal Welfare League.

Mt Maria College Petrie Year 12 student Linzi is completing a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Linzi is a student that approaches volunteering with vigour, excitement and joy.  She has been volunteering her time at Riding for the Disabled Association Queensland (RDAQ) where she assists children with disabilities interact with horses and leads the horses around.

Murrumba State Secondary College Year 11 student Amba is completing a CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Amba is enjoying working towards the certificate and has completely embraced volunteering, both as a subject and as a philosophy. She has been volunteering at neighbouring Undurba Primary School helping year 5 students with their reading. She enjoys reading to them when they are behaving, otherwise it can provide her with a bit of a challenge.

Lilian McDougall is amazing - she has supported her community daily since 1997. For Lillian volunteering provided a means to push forward in life when she was at her lowest: “After I lost my husband, I thought I could do one of two things; sit back and do nothing, or go and do something worthwhile. I chose to volunteer.”

The Annual Mayoral Volunteer Thank-you function was held recently during National Volunteer Week to thank and acknowledge the volunteers of Toowoomba Regional Council for the valuable contributions they make to the region. Approximately 400 volunteers attended this year’s event held at the Jondaryan Woolshed. 

Forest Lake State High School student Zach is studying a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). This term Zach has helped out at many local community events, including: Crimestoppers Centenary; Bunnings BBQ at Oxley; and, Brisbane City Council's Movies in the Park fundraiser.

Centenary High School Year 12 student Ben is completing a CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Ben has clocked up hundreds of volunteering hours helping out a variety of causes at every opportunity including on holidays, weekends, and when he has a spare lesson at school.

The inaugural Queensland Volunteering Awards acknowledged the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by thousands of volunteers and organisations across the state. Award nominees, finalists and recipients were honoured at the Awards Presentation and Recognition Ceremony at Brisbane Room, Brisbane City Hall on Friday 13 May during National Volunteer Week 2016.

A passionate advocate for women and children, who suffer at the hands of a violent family member, has been nominated for the inaugural Queensland Volunteering Awards. Nicolle Edwards founded RizeUp, which aims to educate, empower and end domestic violence. She has gathered a committed group of volunteers who help provide fully-furnished homes for families escaping domestic violence and offer school supplies to children forced to change schools.

An inspirational Bribie Island teenager has been nominated for the inaugural Queensland Volunteering Awards due to her campaigning and fundraising for Australian wildlife. Sixteen-year-old Tegan Lather has volunteered for five years organising fun runs and regular beach clean ups for the benefit of local wildlife and marine animals.

For six months, Bill has been volunteering as a handyman at his local community centre. Although he started volunteering due to an early retirement, contributing to the broader community has always been an important part of his life. Bill’s background as a tradie meant that finding a volunteer role that utilised his skills was relatively easy. Although, Bill is the first to admit that his interest in people and diversity within the community are the main attractions. 

Elahe wanted to develop her technical skills and gain some local work experience. She started volunteering as a project officer/junior business analyst seven months ago. Elahe then moved into using her skills at the IT help desk for a community organisation. Elahe started her volunteer work two days a week, but soon increased this. She says her role has been challenging and she has learned something new every day. Volunteering has also helped her to improve her English.

A sense of having something meaningful to do is one of the main reasons why local resident, Pauline, volunteers at the Loganlea Community Centre. Pauline serves in many roles and is an integral part of the Logan community. "I was looking for something to do to use my skills and qualifications to help others and it has helped me by giving me something worthwhile to do."

A part of our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative, year 10 students from Silkwood High School travelled to Norfolk Island to volunteer over a period of 7 days. Volunteering Queensland acknowledges the students efforts, as they work towards their CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering. All volunteering hours will go towards their qualifications and of course beautifying glorious Norfolk Island.

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