Community Volunteering Award for University Staff
outstanding achievements by an individual University staff member who has given at least 2 years voluntary service to a community or cause outside the workplace.
Introduced in 2017 through the support of University of Adelaide donors Ron and Marilyn Seidel, this award acknowledges staff who lend their expertise to the general community on a voluntary basis.
Academic and professional staff (full-time and part-time) who have a minimum of 1 year employment with the University are eligible for nomination.
The winner of this award will receive a certificate and a prize of $2000.
Nominations will open in March 2019.
2018 Award Winner
Dr Tamara Page with donors Marilyn and Ron Seidel
Dr Tamara (Tammy) Page, School of Nursing
Tammy has been volunteering with the Tea Tree Gully Gym-sports for 34 years. During this time she has played many voluntary roles, from coach, to committee member, President, Team Manager for the Australian National Championships and Board member of Gymnastics SA.
As a coach she spends 15 hours a week with children, providing them with foundation skills they can use not only in gymnastics but in life. For many of these children Tammy is their role model, with her regularly being the topic of school projects.
As President Tammy updated the constitution, reformed the committee into a board, liaised with local, state and federal members of parliament to successfully gain grants for a million dollar extension to the gym and managed the construction from 2009-2011.
As a board member the impact of her governance has seen a club develop into a professional, regulated organisation with over 2000 members, the largest in SA.
2018 Award Nominees
- Ms Lynette Kelly, Division of Research & Innovation
After being made aware of a struggling school for underprivileged children located in rural Assam, India, Lynette made the decision to volunteer there in 2013. The school's mission is to provide over 500 children with free quality secular education in a safe environment. The majority of the children are the first in their families to attend school instead of working in stone quarries or rice fields.
After seeing firsthand the challenges the Parijat Academy were having, Lynette was determined to do something to help. That is when she decided to found the Friends of Parijat.
Over 6 years Lynette has visited the Parijat Academy 10 times. She teaches and helps the children, staff and women in the local villages. She talks to the village girls and women about health and hygiene. She motivates the local people in India and others in Australia and England to support Parijat.
She has helped raise funds for many projects like supporting teachers; $10,000 for the hostel, 500 tubes of toothpaste, clothes, stationeries, toys, bed sheets for the hostel children.
Lynette has explored multiple creative and sustainable methods to not only raise funds but to learn, sensitively about the deeper context of the community through her visits and long conversations with all stakeholders, she has developed and refined a business model to secure the school's future as well as provide employment opportunities for locals to pursue.
Lynette drives Friends of Parijat single handed and is dedicated to the children, the families and the wider community of Gorchuk. She has worked personally with the Federal Government of India to obtain a Foreign Contribution Regulation Act approval. This means that Parijat can now apply for other domestic registrations and access funds under the India's recent Corporate Social Responsibilities Model.
- Ms Sophia Carson, Human Resources
Sophia has been volunteering with Vinnies and St Marks Church for 2 and half years, less than a month after she immigrated to Australia.
Sophia has been an active member of Vinnies by carrying out home visits on a weekly basis, providing families with food, clothing, transportation and financial assistance. She collects bread every week and distributes to those less fortunate, she is also an active participate in fundraising events.
With home visits Sophia is exposed to various kinds of uncertain circumstances, with her calm and positive composure she is able to handle the visits through active listening in order to resolve issues.
On top of this Sophia volunteers for St Mark’s Church each week, in many roles from church cleaner, to assisting with the Sunday Mass.
“Her warm personality and her very helpful disposition, she has become a favourite with the parishioners, assisting the elderly where necessary and even taking the time to visit a sick parishioner in a Nursing Home on weekends. Whenever there is a job to be done, Sophia is always amongst the first to put her hand up.” says Bob Rabbitt, St Marks Church Coordinator
- Professor Wayne Pitchford, Animal Breeding & Genetics for School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
For over 20 years Wayne has been volunteering with the Echunga Uniting Church. During this time he has impacted over 240 youth through running Friday night activities, teaching on Sunday mornings and coordinating many youth camps. He has also served as Chairperson of the congregation from 2007-2010.
Wayne has certainly had some challenges over the years with leading the church during tough financial times, but his dedication to the Echunga and Meadows districts is admirable, which is evident when he led a team to secure 4 grants to support paid youth workers for the area.
Reverend Matthew Carratt says “Wayne has made a significant contribution in shaping the lives of countless young people through his consistent leadership and encouragement. His gifts and passion as a teacher have allowed him to engage with young people and equip them with important life skills.”
See winner of the 2017 Community Volunteering Award.