Welcome to AAMoV - The Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers
The Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers is the professional association for individuals across all sections of the community who are involved with managing volunteer programs within the Australasian region, including Australia and New Zealand.
It is our aim to take a lead role in:
Promoting and recognising Managers of Volunteers
Encouraging access to professional development opportunities
Providing a professional network for Managers of Volunteers to collaborate and share ideas
Being a member of AAMoV provides you with the opportunity to participate in working groups, developing your own skills and understanding, and the recognition that comes from having a demonstrated commitment to professionalism.
In addition to the above, AAMoV members have the bonus of free access to the highly-regarded online publication e-volunteerism. So why wait? For just $70 annually, you can become a member today!
AAMoV Awards of Excellence 2018
Each year on November 5, International Volunteer Managers Day, AAMoV announces the winners of our annual Leader of Volunteers Award of Excellence. Open to both individuals and groups, these awards recognise leaders of volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the profession of volunteer management and the promotion of quality volunteerism in the community.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s winners are: Kathriye Strassnick, Volunteer Program Co-ordinator at McAuley Community Services for Women for the individual award and the Ballarat Health Services Team Leader Group the winners for the team award.
A special recognition award has also been made to Helana Kelly, ACP Manager, Volunteer and Advisory Services at Advance Care Planning Australia.
Kathriye Strassnick’s nominator described how she has always worked to improve the experience of volunteers while they donate their time and skills to support others in the community. They noted that she sees opportunities in service options and has the initiative and creativity to plan, implement, and evaluate new volunteer opportunities that add value to organisations.
Special mention was made of her efforts to promote a professional and planned approach to volunteer management which have been recognised and acknowledged by internal and external stakeholders. She actively participates in networks for information and knowledge exchange, including informal conversations with volunteer coordinators working in similar sectors.
Kathriye uses her personal attributes, knowledge, and experiences creating understanding, patience, flexibility, and compassion. Through she these establishes strong working relationships with volunteers, staff, and clients. Her approach is fair, just, and transparent, and fosters belief in others that they have strengths and skills to advance towards achieving their goals.
Her ability to adapt to changing environments, service needs, and volunteer goals means that those engaged in her programs feel truly valued, heard and supported. Kathriye has always worked to improve the experience of volunteers while they donate their time and skills to support others in the community.
The Ballarat Health Services Team Leader Group are “super volunteers”.
They have taken on extra responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day operations of the over 25 programs run at Ballarat Health Services. Supported by over 250 volunteers these programs work across the full range of services provided from Aged Care to Emergency; Palliative Care to Planned Activity groups.
The team leaders are vital members of the Community Engagement group, they ensure new volunteers are welcomed and oriented to the organisation with warmth and rigour.
The team leaders are an essential conduit between the clinical and support staff and the Volunteer Services team members. Not only are they committed to volunteering in their own programs they also act as organisational champions, going above and beyond in organising volunteers and the programs they support.
The dedication of the Volunteer Team Leaders has meant that Ballarat Health Services have been able to grow and maintain a highly professional and invaluable level of service to provide the best support to patients, residents, clients and their families.
Congratulations to all members of the Volunteer Team Leaders group!
This year AAMoV is also delighted to present a special recognition award to Helana Kelly.
Helana is a highly regarded leader at Advanced Care Planning Australia where she holds the role of Manager of Volunteers and National Advisory Service. Her nominator describes her as an inspirational and game changing leader who has succeeded in developing a successful and sustainable volunteer led national advisory service. Through her innovative approach, she has spearheaded the world’s first volunteer-led advance care planning advisory service.
The volunteer program has been so successful that the Australian Government has asked ACPA to evaluate the potential to a roll-out national of the volunteer-led community education service.
Special note was made of Helana’s inclusive, collaborative and generous leadership style. Volunteer advocacy, well-being and support is a high priority. She looks for professional development opportunities for those she works with be they paid or unpaid staff. She has ensured that volunteers are active co-designers in all aspects of the program. In addition, she also supports volunteers to sit, as key members of the team, on ACP national advisory groups, alongside CEO’s and senior management.
Helana is clearly someone who understands the value of having a highly-skilled volunteer team and the impact they can make.
Join with the AAMoV board in recognising and celebrating the 2018 winners of the AAMoV Leader of Volunteers Award of Excellence for the great work that they do as leaders of volunteers, their commitment to high quality volunteer management and providing an environment that encourages and supports volunteering.
Congratulations to all our winners!