2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards – Media Release

2020 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards officially launched 

Volunteering Tasmania is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth annual Tasmanian Volunteering Awards, recognising volunteers across the state who make a difference within their community.

Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Tasmania, Lisa Schimanski encourages people to nominate a volunteer in their community.

“Volunteering has long been a driver of individual and community wellbeing, with it contributing more than $4 billion to our state every year,” she said.

“Not only does it contribute significant economic value but volunteering also gives us so much more in social and cultural benefits.

“The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards celebrate those amazing people contributing across Tasmania and in every aspect of life– every contribution is significant.

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“Volunteers are often hiding in plain sight, they are literally everywhere,” she said.

“We are asking that people take a look around and really see the amazing work being done across so many areas of our community.

“Not every volunteer wants to be recognised, but it is important that we celebrate what volunteering means to our state and one way to do this is to tell the stories of our  volunteers and thank them through these Awards.”

Share the Dignity Tasmanian team leader Tania Watson was last year’s winner of the Anglicare Community Care and Health Award, as well the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, and said she volunteered to help women in need.

“At Share the Dignity we believe that no woman should suffer the dignity of choosing between eating or buying sanitary products, so our charity has valuable benefits for women in crisis,” she said.

“From volunteering I feel that I am able to make a difference.”

“I am able to challenge myself, learn new skills, meet people, and gain confidence, creativity, passion and experience.

“The awards are important to be able to recognise people for their dedication and loyalty that they provide to our community.

“If it wasn’t for volunteers there would be a lot of people in our communities not being provided with the care that they may require.”

Nominations are open until 30 March, with category finalists announced on 1 May.


To nominate, visit https://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/ 


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