This Award is dedicated to those volunteers who willingly donate their time, skills and compassion towards helping citizens in our community who need extra assistance with daily living, and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation.
The finalists are:
- Ken Harriss – Melanoma Tasmania
Ken has been volunteering for Melanoma Tasmania since before it officially launched in 2014. He lives with Stage IV melanoma and is passionate about sharing that melanoma can be prevented.
Ken developed the Run From The Sun Melanoma Awareness Ride, where he rode his motorcycle over 2,000 kilometres around Tasmania and spoke to thousands of schoolchildren about the dangers of sunburn and the risk of melanoma. He has presented to businesses, sporting and community groups, and also does media interviews to spread the word through the community.
Ken has been the developer and coordinator of the Rise and Shine Bike Show as a fundraiser for Melanoma Tasmania. The Bike Show is an event that raises awareness and promotes sun safety to the Tasmanian community.
Ken supports others who are facing the diagnosis of melanoma and subsequent treatment and uncertainties. As a result of Ken’s talks, people have gone to their doctor to review skin lesions, a potentially life-saving decision.
- Lyn Shegog – Make A Wish Hobart Branch
Lyn Shegog has been granting wishes for over 30 years with Make-a-Wish Foundation, after wishes were granted for her own two children, who have since passed away. Lyn and Paul’s courage to continue granting wishes for other children is indescribable. Lyn has taken on many roles within the Hobart Branch including treasurer, presenter at information events and most recently, Volunteer Care Coordinator.
She passionately shares the Foundation’s Wish Stories with everyone in her community, inspires all who attend Make-A-Wish events, and enthusiastically enrols new volunteers. Lyn personifies positivity and resilience, often in the face of extremely difficult circumstances.
- Tania Watson – Share the Dignity
Tania Watson is the Tasmanian Team Leader of Share the Dignity – a charity that supports women and girls in need by providing them with essential sanitary items. She leads a team of 70 volunteers who collect and distribute sanitary items and other necessities to 57 local charities, which in turn support women and girls in Tasmania who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or experiencing financial hardship.
Tania believes no woman or girl should go without these basic necessities. She is a passionate advocate for Share the Dignity, communicates with clarity and respect, and her team and clients alike value her down-to-earth, supportive approach.
Since taking on the role in 2017, Tania has grown both the Tasmanian volunteer base and donations for Share the Dignity.
Tania volunteers her time while holding a full time as a teaching assistant in literacy support and studying for her associate degree in Education.