Volunteer Awards and Events

Australia Day Awards Winners 2017

Australia Day awards

The Australia Day Awards recognise persons and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the local community for a number of years.

The categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Youth Citizen of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year

Nominations for 2019 will open later this year.

Australia Day 2018 award winners

Citizen of the Year winner

Ann Taylor

Ann has been a committed volunteer to at Princess Margaret Hospital Volunteers, Anglican Parish of Applecross Mothers Union Group, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education W.A. Association and Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital WA (AWCH) for decades, taking an active role in all of them. Ann is driven, immersing herself in volunteering service at PMH and has been providing great support, encouragement and advice. She is a fantastic role model to other volunteers and staff in these organisations.

Youth Citizen of the Year (under 25 years of age) winners

Darcy Pickett

Darcy has been an active, committed and passionate advocate for volunteering in the community. She has assisted many organisations such as Young Vinnies with the annual street appeals, St Patrick’s Care, Soup Patrol, Relay for Life and Run for a Reason.

Steven Thiele

Steven is an outstanding student who encourages and supports volunteering in the school and community. He has assisted with Salvation Army red shield appeal, Friday night games, UN youth programs and the war memorial for wireless hill.

Community Group of the Year Winner

Attitudinal Healing WA

Attitudinal Healing WA (AHWA) has played a key role in raising awareness and breaking down the stigma for people in our City living with dementia. AHWA has been key to the success of the Garden City Memory Café by offering support by way of social interaction to both people living with dementia as well as to carers. Volunteers from AHWA have also offered to assist with walking groups and reading to people living with dementia. The Heathcote Art Tours for people with dementia is another partnership where volunteers from AHWA have conversations about art and what the artwork means to the individuals and their carers who attend the tours.

The winners of the awards received $400 to donate to their community group or chosen charity while the nominators each receive a $100 for the same purpose.

Volunteer Function Event View

Volunteer recognition event

The 2017 Volunteer Recognition Function was held in November 2017 at Wireless Hill Park.

Over 280 guests attended the prestigious awards presentation and celebrated the outstanding contributions made by volunteers all while enjoying a supper and entertainment amongst the beautiful setting of Wireless Hill Park.

A big thank you to all volunteers in the City who generously donate their time and contribute to the wellbring of the community.

Mayor's Youth Citizenship awards

The Mayor’s Youth Award for Citizenship recognises school aged students that have made a significant contribution to their school or community in the City of Melville.


To be eligible to receive the award, a Mayor’s Youth Citizen must:

  • Must be school aged students who have given extended service to their school community for 1 year or more
  • Those who have demonstrated care for others in the community, and/or, the environment
  • Must be a school aged City of Melville resident

Who can nominate

Students must be nominated by the principal of their school.

Mayor's Youth Citizenship awards 2017 recipients

The 2017 Mayor's Youth Citizenship Award recipients are:

  • Alicia Ross-Adams, Applecross Senior High
  • Jack Warwick, Kennedy Baptist College
  • Darcy Pickett, Santa Maria College
  • Steven Thiele, All Saints College
  • Michael Fallon, All Saints College

Mayor's Valued Citizen awards

The Mayor's Valued Citizen Awards was established in 2011 by Mayor Russell Aubrey, as a way of celebrating the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer. After an overwhelming response the Mayor decided the awards will be an annual event.


To be eligible to receive the award, a Mayor’s Valued Citizen must:

  • Either live in the City of Melville, or be involved with a not-for-profit organisation in the City of Melville
  • Have made a valuable contribution to the community for 10 years or more with the one organisation
  • Cannot be in a paid role at their organisation at any time during the 10 year period

Who can nominate

  • Nominations must be received by the President or Volunteer Manager of the organisation
  • Community members are encouraged to inform the President or Volunteer Manager of the award and refer possible candidates for nomination

Mayors Valued Citizen Awards 2017 Recipients

  • Lyn Pellick, 12 years, ICCWA Walking Group
  • Bill Corry, 20 years, Neighbourhood Watch
  • Muriel Corry, 20 years, Neighbourhood Watch
  • Diana Collingridge, 10 years, Willagee Community Centre
  • Geoff Hurle, 10 years, Willagee Community Centre
  • Gwen Stagg, 10 years, Melville Citizens’ Relief Fund
  • Pat Richards, 10 years, Willagee Community Centre
  • Allan Watson, 11 years, Capital Community Radio
  • David Sefton, 12 years, Capital Community Radio
  • Geoff Smith, 11 years, Capital Community Radio
  • Margaret Halgren, 11 years, Capital Community Radio
  • Paul Redman, 11 years, Capital Community Radio
  • Ross Cussons, 11 years, Capital Community Radio
  • Kirsten Tannenbaum, 31 years, Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • Beryl De Petra, 16 years, St John of God Hospital Murdoch
  • Catherine Nunes, 17 years, St John of God Hospital Murdoch
  • Dale Henshaw, 16.5 years, St John of God Hospital Murdoch
  • Carole White, 17 years, St John of God Hospital Murdoch
  • Shirley Stubber, 12 years, St John of God Hospital Murdoch
  • Gloria Oldenhof, 27 years, The Girls' Brigade
  • Simon Griffiths, 15 years, Scouts Australia
  • Paul Breuer, 12 years, Bull Creek Tennis Club

National Volunteer Week (NVW)

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. It will be held from 21-27 May 2018. The theme for 2018 is: Give a little. Change a lot. This theme represents the millions of volunteers who make a significant impact in their communities and on society, by giving a little of their time.


Melville Volunteer Resource Centre will be celebrating this year by running a photography marketing campaign around encouraging volunteering in the community. Stay tune for our pop-up artwork in community spaces near you! We will be posting these live on Instagram!


If you have ever thought about volunteering now is the time to get involved! Call us today on 9364 0662.

#NVW2018 #MVRC


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