Volunteer Manager of Excellence 2015 winners announced!
November 5, 2015
Created by the United Nations to celebrate and recognise volunteer managers, November 5th marks International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD). It is also the day that the Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers (AAMoV) announces the winners of the annual Volunteer Manager of Excellence Awards.
These awards recognise people for their outstanding contributions to the profession of volunteer management and the promotion of volunteerism in the community. Both an individual manager of volunteers and a group of managers can be recognised.
Volunteers are involved in a wide range of public, corporate or non-profit organisations. Many people do not realise that behind many great volunteer programmes you will find a dedicated coordinator or manager. They provide leadership, guidance and innovative ways of supporting the wide variety of communities and interests that they work with.
Not only do they lead volunteers but they advocate for the volunteering movement. They help ensure that organisations, as well as Government and the public, acknowledge the enormous contribution volunteering makes to society.
This year’s AAMoV’s winner of the Individual Volunteer Manager Award of Excellence is Jasmine Lister, Youth Mentoring Team Leader, YWCA Adelaide. Jasmine is described as someone who makes an outstanding effort to reduce barriers and improve quality for volunteer engagement. In addition she contributes greatly to the volunteer management sector in South Australia. The judges noted that she truly demonstrates the values and positive characteristics of an outstanding volunteer manager.
The winner of this year’s group or team Volunteer Manager Award of Excellence are Debbi Fluke, General Manager and Brittany Campbell. Volunteering and Volunteer Coordinator, Communities@Work, Tuggeranong, ACT. Between the two of them, Debbi and Brittany, support close to 300 volunteers. They are an integral part of Communities@Work which has over 600 staff and programmes that service over 20,000 Canberrans every year. Not just focused on maintaining the existing programme, they continuously look for ways to grow and improve. At the same time they willingly and proactively work with other Volunteer Coordinators and Managers, both internal and external, to share knowledge and experience.