Victorian volunteer award nominations open


Michaela Meade

Victoria’s volunteers are set to be recognised, thanks to the opening of nominations for the 2021 Volunteering Awards.

The awards celebrate the efforts of Victoria’s volunteers, and are an opportunity to recognise the support they have given to others.

Volunteering Victoria chief executive Scott Miller said it was important to acknowledge the work of the vast number of volunteers.

“More than 2.3 million Victorians participate in volunteering,” he said.

“It is important we celebrate these enormous contributions and continue to support the efforts of volunteers and organisations alike.”

Disability, Ageing and Carers Minister James Merlino said he encouraged people to nominate the volunteers they knew who were working hard to provide for someone else.

“If you know a volunteer doing extraordinary work, I encourage you to nominate them so we can celebrate their important achievements,” Mr Merlino said.

This year, Volunteering Victoria is combining its award with the Victorian government’s Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

There will be eight award categories to recognise the volunteering efforts, including for leadership, service, impact and teamwork.

An award highlight is the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, who is recognised with the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize to donate to a not-for-profit organisation of their choice.

Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines said: “Victoria’s volunteers have made a huge impact in our community during the pandemic, selflessly helping others in our community”.

Nominations for the 2021 awards will close on Friday, January 14, 2022.

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