It’s National Volunteer Week - Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and this year, a celebration of 'The Change Makers'. It’s a chance to recognise the vital support that volunteers provide to their communities and the power we have to drive change.
The Look Good Feel Better program is focused on changing the experience of those undergoing cancer treatment. It allows them the opportunity to take control, and feel empowered and confident at a time when they’re likely feeling the complete opposite. Without our volunteers, we simply could not achieve this profound level of change in each and every person’s treatment experience, so we thank them for their invaluable contribution.
And with celebration in the air, there's no better time to announce our 2022 Volunteer of the Year winners!
The Volunteer of the Year awards recognise those volunteers who have gone above and beyond, demonstrating exceptional dedication and kindness over the past twelve months. Our sincere gratitude goes to the following team members who have been named as State and National Volunteer of the Year for 2022.
Queensland Metro - Kathy Baker
Queensland Regional - Cathy Davies
New South Wales Metro - Janet Taylor
New South Wales Regional - Melissa Thomson
Victoria Metro - Beverley Lundberg
Victoria Regional - Inez Deckers
Tasmania - Judi McGee
South Australia - Kathy Rutledge
Western Australia Metro -Caroline Smith
Western Australia Regional - Leanne Atkinson
Northern Territory - Patricia Sweeney Fawcett
Virtual - Cathy Tolpigin
Joint National Winners - Cathy Davies and Kathy Baker
With the task of choosing one winner proving too difficult, Cathy and Kathy have been chosen as joint winners of the National Volunteer of the Year award.
Both Cathy and Kathy have remained steadfast in their commitment to our program over a very challenging period, taking the changes to workshop format in their stride and always ensuring our participants have the best possible experience. Both have also willingly taken on extra venues and additional responsibility, and have made new volunteers feel welcomed, appreciated and instantly part of the team.
We couldn't be more grateful for their dedication, kindness, and positive nature - they are a true asset to the Look Good Feel Better program.
Congratulations also goes to the following volunteers who were nominated for the awards.
QLD & NT - Carmel Crathern, Eliza Batchelor, and Kerry Ryan.
NSW - Catherine Copping, Cecilia Chahda, Jo Rampone, Lyn Johnson, Malinda Dutton, Sally Seaborn and Susana Alleva.
VIC & TAS - Carmon Reid, Diane Grossman, Ian Turnnidge and Paula Hearnden.
SA & WA - Caroline Smith and Sue Curley.
VIRTUAL - Roz Campbell.
Please join us in congratulating all of these outstanding team members on this well-deserved honour.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment towards the Look Good Feel Better program, and for helping Australians face cancer with confidence.