Winners: Cyndy Charker, Hayden Michel and Jocelyn Smith. (absent) Marlene Whitehead.

Volunteering is about making a difference to your community.

But ask most volunteers and they will tell you they also benefit personally by learning new skills, making new friends and helping others.

The 2018 Ipswich City Council Volunteer Recognition Awards were held at the Ipswich Civic Centre on 14 May.

The annual volunteer celebration is to acknowledge and show appreciation to all Ipswich City Council volunteers. The awards recognise volunteers who have consistently demonstrated excellence in every facet of their volunteering role.

These are the winners of the three categories:

Outstanding Achievement Award – Individual Volunteer (26 years of age & over)

Jocelyn Smith

Ms Smith has been volunteering for the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre for 7 years. Ms Smith is always helpful, assists new volunteers to feel comfortable and is a resource for visitors and locals wanting Ipswich info.
Ms Smith is the backbone to the Visitor Information Centre’s tour guiding team and volunteers at many events. This includes being the tour guide for many Probus, Christmas Lights and Heritage tours. The Visitor Information Centre could not run the tours successfully without Ms Smith’s input.

Outstanding Achievement Award – Youth Volunteer (14-25 years of age)

Hayden Michel

Mr Michel volunteers with the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre Ipswich Ambassador Program – Events. Although a recent addition to the Discover Ipswich Volunteer team, Mr Michel has been enthusiastic and available to help out at events.
Mr Michel covered shifts at CMC Rocks every day of the event.
A busy university student and hockey player, Mr Michel still makes time to volunteer for the City of Ipswich.

Outstanding Achievement Award – Group

Historical Cemeteries Project – Cyndy charker and Marlene Whitehead

The Historical Cemeteries Project team continue to provide painstaking attention to detail when recording burial, cremation and auditing records to ensure the highest level of accuracy.
The team’s ability to adapt and work through challenging tasks has been beneficial to both Council and the Ipswich community.

Find out what volunteers roles are available at the Ipswich City Council, here.


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