Volunteering is an activity which takes lots of different forms: formal or informal, individual or in groups, inside or outdoors, locally or overseas. Volunteering is an activity which can suit every lifestyle, ability, interest and skill, while also having lots of fun in the process.

The activity of volunteering, or helping a community group of your own free will, can be described by a variety of terms: community service, activism, good samaritan, pro bono work, civic engagement - the list goes on.  Whatever term is used, all volunteering is undertaken:

  • to benefit the community and the volunteer
  • of the volunteer's own free will
  • for no financial payment

2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is thrilled to announce joint winners fo the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award!

This year we recieved a record number of nomnations, resulting in a draw for the first time in the Award's 7 year history.

Congratulations to Brendan Jordan, Chair, Leader and Development Officer at the St John Ambulance Augusta Sub Centre, and Sally Hays, active member of the Margaret River Community Centre, Communtiy Pantry, Just Home Margaret River, Transition Margaret River and Death and Dying Matters. 

The 2021 Youth Volunteer of the Year was awarded to James Ransley, volunteer member of Radio Margaret River, Tutu Dance Company and the Margaret River HEART Sounding Board. 

Image (l-r back): Cr Julia Meldrum, 2021 Volunteers of the Year Brendan Jordan and Sally Hays, (l-r front) Youth Volunteer of the Year James Ransley, and Shire President Paula Cristoffanini. High res image available here.

The task of deciding the winners was particularly difficult for the judging panel with 26 nominations entered from the community, each recognised as an inspirational role model for their outstanding work and achievements. 

2021 Volunteer of the Year Award Nominees
Adrian Yates - Margaret River State Emergency Services 
Andy Longmore - Football Margaret River
Anita Haywod - Amnesty International, Margaret River HEART, CinefestOZ, Arts Margaret River, Radio Margaret River 
Brendan Jordan - St John Ambulance Augusta Sub Centre,  
Cate Worsley - Radio Margaret River 
Dierdre Baldock - Margaret River HEART 
Diana Hill - Cowarmup Lions Shed, Cowaramup Community Garden
Elle Weston - Margaret River Hawks Cricket Club 
Hayley Bremner - Gracetown Cowaramup Bay Community 
Helen Bradbury - Nature Conservation Margaret River 
Keith Simmonds - Margaret River R.S.L Sub branch 
Jack Knudson - U3A
John O'Dwyer - St Vincent De Paul Conference 
Libby Dawson - Margaret River Scouts, Margaret River Golf Club 
Megan Garnett - Gracetown Cowaramup Bay Community, Friends of Gracetwon Cowarmaup Bay, Cape2Cape
Michelle Hallyburton - Margaret River Basketball Association, Augusta Margaret River Junior Football Association, Augusta Margaret River Junior Football Club
Paul Farmer - Margaret River Basketball Association 
Phill Robinson - Lions Club of Leeuwin 
Richard Moroney - Margaret River Fire and Rescue, Rosabrook Bushfire Brigade 
Sally Hays - Margaret River Community Centre, Just Home Margaret River, Margaret River Community Pantry, Death and Dying Matters AMR
Steven Utting - Augusta Margaret River Junior Football Association, Augusta Margaret River Junior Football Club 
Terry Hutchings - Rotary Club of Margaret River, Margaret River Men's Shed 

2021 Youth Volunteer of the Year Award Nominees
Greta Bligh - Youth Advisory Council
James Ransley - Tutu Dance Company, Radio Margaret River, Margaret River HEART Sounding Board 
Ruby Ballard - Radio Margaret River 
Zac Dronow - Margaret River Basketball Association 

All nominees were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and thank you gift from the region's generous business community.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River extends thanks to the following local businesses for their support and donations: 

Aspenz, Augusta Hotel Motel, Beerfarm, Bettenay's Margaret River, Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co, Life Cycle Bikes, Margaret River Chocolate Company, Margaret River HEART, Margaret River Hemp Co, Margaret River Recreation Centre, Melting Pot Glass Studios, Riverfresh IGA, Southern Forests Honey, Sunflowers Animal Farm, Take 2 Hair Studio, The Garden Basket, Victory Point Wines, White Elephant Beach Café

Nominations for the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Awards are set to open in October.

Become a Volunteer

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Volunteer South West provides a volunteer referral service, linking individuals wanting to volunteer with relevant not-for-profit organisations in the South West region. Contact Volunteer Southwest on 08 9791 3214, [email protected] or visit their website.

To seek out local groups yourself who may have volunteering opportunities, explore the AMR Community Directory.

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