Melbourne: Nominations are now open for this year’s Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards, with up to 60 individuals to be recognised at a ceremony in December.
Victorians are invited to nominate outstanding volunteers in their community in the categories of leadership, change maker, impact, service and teamwork.
The awards celebrate the important role volunteers play in creating more connected, happier and healthier communities in Victoria.
The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Award, will be chosen from recipients across all five categories and announced at the ceremony.
For the first time, members of the inaugural Ministerial Council for Volunteers will judge the award nominations.
This year, the Andrews Labor Government is boosting funding for Volunteering Victoria by 20 per cent, to more than $193,000.
The peak body has more than 300 members, including representatives from volunteering support organisations, local councils, volunteer-involving organisations, corporate bodies and individual volunteers.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said, “I encourage Victorians to nominate the champion volunteers in their communities, and help us celebrate the big difference they make in our lives.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams said, “The Awards are a great opportunity to support and celebrate the local champions who work tirelessly and selflessly for our communities, people and environment.”
Nominations close on 9 August 2016. To nominate, visit www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/awards