Young Director opportunity on the Volunteering Tasmania Board

Do you want to make a difference to the Tasmanian community whilst gaining experience at a board level?
By becoming a Young Director on the Volunteering Tasmania Board, you can have a real influence on volunteering in Tasmania.

This unique experience may also give you a valuable edge in the competitive job market.
Are you:

• Aged between 18-30 years old?
• Seeking experience in a not for profit organisation
• Interested in how a board works?
• Passionate about the Tasmanian community?
• Prepared to make a commitment to a volunteer board for a great cause?

The position is made available to encourage participation of young people in Board level work and allow them to gain experience in a practical and supported way.
Director positions are voluntary – there is no remuneration, however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
An Information pack is available. This contains information on the Director role and VT and the application process. People who meet our requirements will be invited to speak with or meet a Director to further discuss the role and your interest.

To obtain an information pack send an email to:

Applications close at 5.00pm, 14 July 2019.

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Expressions of Interest Volunteering Tasmania Board

Volunteering Tasmania is the peak body for volunteering in Tasmania. Our purpose is to help Tasmanians experience the benefits of volunteering. Volunteering Tasmania is a state-wide, not for profit organisation with head office in Hobart.


With annual elections due, enthusiastic, experienced and skilled people are encouraged to indicate interest in joining the Volunteering Tasmania Board.  Board positions are voluntary and not remunerated.  Up to three elected Director may be filled at this time.


Board role: The Volunteering Tasmania Board provides governance and strategic leadership to the organisation.


Attributes sought: We are seeking individuals able to complement our existing Board.  We would like to talk to you if you have some of the following –

  • Board and senior management experience
  • Government relations
  • Public profile and personal networks
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically
  • The ability to attend meetings and contribute to committees and out of session discussions and decision making


Length of term: Three years, (a one-year appointment may be considered in some instances).


Meetings and time commitment:  We meet around 6 times per year on average with active sub-committees, a commitment of around 5-10 hours per month on Director duties.


To Apply: Obtain an Information pack which contains the application details.  People who best meet our requirements will be invited to speak with or meet a Director to further discuss the role and your interest.

To obtain an information pack send an email to  


Applications close at 5.00pm, 14 July 2019.

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Winners announced for the 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

What an incredible day, celebrating some amazing volunteers and volunteer organisations.

The 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards held at Government House acknowledge the valuable contribution volunteers make to the Tasmanian community and signifies the start of National Volunteer Week (20-26 May 2019).

Patron of Volunteering Tasmania, Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania hosted the finalists, their nominators, industry sponsors and VIPs at the official Awards ceremony at Government House.

Winners were announced in 10 categories, including the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented in recognition of exemplary long-term commitment to the volunteering sector.

The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP, presented the 2019 Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award to

Ms Tania Watson from Share the Dignity.

Ms Watson currently leads a team of 70 volunteers at Share the Dignity, a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes essential sanitary items and other necessities to 57 local charities that support women in Tasmania experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, or experiencing financial hardship.

“I believe no woman or girl should go without these basic necessities” Tania said.

Tania volunteers in addition to working full time as a teaching assistant in literacy support and studying for her associate degree in Education.

Volunteering Tasmania’s CEO Lisa Schimanski says “the impact of volunteering goes far beyond the gift of time from one person to another, it strengthens the social fabric of entire communities.”

“Tania and all the finalists and winners of today’s Awards embody the very spirit of this year’s National Volunteer Week theme making a world of difference, because indeed they do.” Lisa said.

The Awards are Tasmania’s only state-wide program that formally recognises excellence in volunteering and are supported by the State Government and valued sponsors.


The 2019 Tasmanian Volunteering Award winners are:


Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

Tania Watson – Share the Dignity


Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Edna Pennicott – Kingborough Helping Hands Inc.


Anglicare Tasmania Community Care and Health Award Winner

Tania Watson – Share the Dignity


Bulk Nutrients Sport and Recreation Award Winner

Shelley Miller – Athletics Tasmania


CatholicCare Tasmania Volunteer Program of the Year Award Winner     

Melanoma Tasmania


Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management

Di Mason- Melanoma Tasmania


Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award         Winner

Kate Gillham – Tasmania Fire Service Campania Fire Brigade


Spirit of Tasmania Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award Winner

Shirley Baker – Friends of Deal Island Wildcare Inc.


TasTAFE Education, Science and Technology Award Winner

Jannie Fahey – Aurora Disability Service


Volunteering Tasmania Corporate and Civic Volunteering Award Winner

Aurora Energy


Volunteering Tasmania Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award Winner

Anne & Peter Booth- Wildcare Inc.




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Volunteering Tasmania Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award

This Award is dedicated to the many volunteers who participate in land and environmental conservation and education, and to the huge-hearted volunteers who give up their time, their skills and sometimes even their homes to helping sick, injured and orphaned animals.


Anne and Peter Booth – Wildcare Inc.

Anne and Peter Booth have led a successful weed-eradication program on Maria Island for 14 years. As Friends of Maria Island ‘Sweeping the Broom’ program, they have co-ordinated over 50 volunteer working bees, to hand-pull millions of weeds that threaten the National Park’s heritage and natural values.

Anne and Peter are a powerful pair of quiet, committed, community leaders. They not only have a vision, they have an effective strategy to make it happen. For example, they developed a detailed ‘colour coding’ mapping system to systematically tackle the weeds. The Booth’s initial weed containment objective has since expanded to eradication from huge areas.

Anne and Peter have been responsible for planning, liaison with the parks service, coordinating transport on and off the island, writing reports, applying for grants, lobbying, and updating vegetation maps and the Atlas of Living Australia.

Their ability to marshall resources, train and energise the volunteer teams, and work with Parks and other organisations is truly an inspiration and shows what can be achieved with passion and commitment.

The finalists are:

Alison Curtis-Godillon – Wombat Rescue Tasmania

Alison volunteers with both Wombat Rescue Tasmania and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. She is an enthusiastic and willing wildlife volunteer, who is professional in her approach and dedicated to the health and welfare of wombats.

For the past year, Alison has single-handedly managed mange-affected wombats on Dalness Farm near Evandale, as well as several other properties. She visits weekly to treat mange-affected wombats and to set camera traps to check on their health. Alison self-funds most of her volunteering activities, including buying a motion sensor camera to check up on the progress of diseased wombats.

Alison volunteers to transport injured wombats for vet treatment and participates in hand-rearing orphaned young, which involves many nights of disrupted sleep due to the necessary 3-hourly feeds.

She liaises with state wildlife officers and research staff at the University of Tasmania, seeking and providing information to keep abreast of best-practice treatments. Alison also actively contributes information to DPIPWE wildlife management officers for the database.

Toni Johnstone – Tasmanian Lost Pet Register

Toni Hainsworth-Johnstone is a Team Leader at the Tasmanian Lost Pet Register. Reliable and positive, Toni consistently goes the extra mile to ensure the success of the many initiatives and improvements she has brought to the register. She dedicates over 40 hours per week to her role as coordinator, giving her time to meet with the public, the media and other animal rescue centres.

Toni tirelessly recruits, encourages and inspires a large team of volunteers to help ensure the success of the register. She shows flexibility and dedication in her role, willingly adapting her work and home life to fit her volunteer and coordinator roles.

In her seven years of volunteering with the Lost Pet Register, Toni’s responsive and helpful manner, perseverance and positive attitude has helped to reunite countless lost and found pets with their families.

Susan Weeding – Old Beach Scout Group

Susan Weeding is a Cub Scout Leader and Scout Adult Helper at Old Beach Scout Group. When the Group was recently at risk of closing, Susan tripled her volunteer hours and took on extra administration work to ensure its continued operation.

Susan is deeply committed to the environment and knows that today’s children need environmental experiences beyond the classroom. She passionately believes that children will connect best to our wild places by physically being there, having fun, and learning about environmental conservation. With her common sense and calm attitude, the youth she works with feel safe participating in challenging outdoor activities that extend their comfort zone.

Susan’s inspires environmental enthusiasm in the Scouts will carry them through to adulthood, positively impacting schoolmates, friends, and communities.

Susan’s positive attitude has kept the Old Beach Scouts alive, to the benefit of both the children and adults who participate.


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Volunteering Tasmania Corporate and Civic Volunteering Award

Awarded to a company that has had a significant impact through its employee volunteering program. This award is open to any organisation who encourages volunteering and releases their staff from employment to carry out volunteer activities as part of an employee or corporate volunteering program.


Aurora Energy

Aurora Energy has a proud history of supporting not-for-profit, volunteer and welfare groups. In December 2018, Aurora officially launched its corporate volunteering program. Through the program, employees receive two days or 15 hours of paid community service leave each year—an initiative that is meaningful to employees and directly benefits the community.

In just four months since the program started, nearly one-third of Aurora Energy employees have participated in a volunteering activity, representing 383 hours of community support. Activities have included manual warehouse support, assisting charities with Christmas giving programs, packing food hampers, and donating blood.

To encourage further participation, Aurora has recently delivered presentations to all employees to share the benefits of volunteering. Aurora encourages all employees, regardless of skills, experience or role within the organisation, to participate in the program.

Aurora Energy also produced a short video featuring employees discussing their recent experience in corporate volunteering.The program is creating the opportunity for Aurora and its employees to create meaningful connections with the local community.

The finalists are:

Hydro Tasmania

Hydro Tasmania has an active volunteering program that began in 2011. Hydro offers flexible volunteering options for its employees, with a current focus on sharing professional skills, engaging young employees as the next generation of volunteers and honouring external volunteers through community grants and sponsored events.

As a large employer with a footprint across the state, Hydro Tasmania wants to provide a positive example to other big businesses. Volunteering in Hydro Tasmania has doubled over the past five years from 22% of its people in 2012–13 to 44% of staff in 2017–18.

Hydro Tasmania staff engage with Volunteering Tasmania to maintain best practice and to understand and use the latest research about volunteering, for example learning about difficulties in engaging young people in volunteering who prefer volunteering opportunities that address current social issues.. Hydro’s focus on embedding a culture of volunteering in their graduates means that over 70% of graduates participate in the volunteering program.


TasNetworks understands the value of volunteering to their staff and their community. The organisation actively supports this culture by offering employees two paid volunteering days per year as part of their EBA.

During the 2019 bushfires in the Huon Valley, TasNetworks coordinated a team of motivated employees to support the Huonville PCYC Evacuation Centre, helping with operations and logistics. TasNetworks volunteers worked to support the local communities of the Huon Valley region in a coordinated and well-managed way. They undertook meeting and greeting, running notices and communications between groups, housekeeping and hospitality of the Centre, caring for small animals and providing essential supplies for evacuees.

The efforts of the volunteers were especially appreciated by Evacuation Centre staff as TasNetworks people were often happy to take the overnight shifts.

TasNetworks has found that volunteering benefits both the culture of the organisation and the community—staff have an increased sense of personal satisfaction and the community know TasNetworks will support them in hard times.


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TasTAFE Education Science and Technology Award

This Award recognises volunteers that help Tasmanians of all ages develop their learning and literacy skills; their practical, technical or IT skills; and also those volunteers that collect, count, observe and/or help our scientists in other ways to get the data they need. These volunteers are everywhere – classrooms, libraries, neighbourhood houses, community access centres, men’s sheds, in front of their own computer; in a car, inside, outside, wherever they can help.


Jannie Fahey – Aurora Disability Service

Jannie volunteers two days a week training people with disabilities to help develop their independence. She has an innate ability to think creatively to train people in a range of life skills including using public transport and public speaking.

Her support with communication skills means that the trainees feel more confident in themselves and develop stronger abilities to interact and participate in Aurora’s regular social functions like dances and ten-pin bowling.

Jannie uses her excellent understanding of learning styles to support not only trainees but other support workers. She often implements new methods, programs and strategies for various trainees, furthering their knowledge and life skills.

Jannie lives with disability herself and shows great commitment in driving from Central Highlands to Glenorchy to work with people who need support. She has enormous empathy for others and takes the time to really understand what another person may be going through.

The finalists are:

Bethany Innes – The Smith Family

Bethany volunteers with the Smith Family after-school Learning Clubs, supporting students using fun, engaging activities to enhance their school experience and develop their literacy and numeracy skills. She gives her time to two Learning Clubs each week, and prepares activities in her own time, while also working, studying and volunteering elsewhere in her community.

Bethany’s enthusiasm and willingness to try anything are infectious, and the students gain a lot from her involvement. She has made a lasting impression on the students. Bethany builds positive relationships, provides good direction and assists young learners when they are struggling, and also if they wish to advance academically.

She cheerfully takes students and new volunteers under her wing to provide a positive learning environment. Bethany is a positive influence on all of the students, who gain immensely from her involvement at the Learning Clubs.

David Kewley – Beacon Foundation

David Kewley volunteers for the Beacon Foundation as a motivational speaker, role model, and mentor to Tasmanian students. He is passionate about engaging young people in career- and life-planning, to inspire and motivate young Tasmanians to reach their full potential.

Beacon relies on David for his vibrant approach and ability to engage his young audience by openly sharing the stories of his personal career journey. His ability to encourages students to consider their options, set goals and be open to opportunity has inspired many students to consider career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.

David has directly affected the lives of over 1,000 young Tasmanians through his activities with Beacon. He gives freely and generously of his time to impart his knowledge and experience. Through his volunteer work, David has helped to shape the future or our workforce, encouraging young Tasmanians to create meaningful careers and positive contributions to local communities.


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Spirit of Tasmania Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award

This Award recognise and reward volunteers who contribute their time to informing, enriching and entertaining Tasmanians and visitors, both young and old. Tasmania has a vibrant arts culture, a fascinating past and a busy events calendar, all running with extensive volunteer support. Volunteers share their passion and knowledge willingly, without payment, for the benefit of our community and Tasmania’s economy.


Shirley Baker – Friends of Deal Island Wildcare Inc.

Shirley Baker is a volunteer lighthouse caretaker, fundraiser, historian and treasurer with the Friends of Deal Island (FoDI) – a group dedicated to protecting and conserving Deal Island and Kent Group National Park. She has been a dedicated member of the groups since 2002

Shirley has contributed immeasurably to preserving the cultural and natural history of the Island and Kent Group National Park. She has been secured several Arts Tasmania grants to support this work and has lead the development of a collections project, an interpretation project, and multiple information banners so that visitors can learn the rich stories of the Island and its lighthouse.

Shirley initiated the restoration of the original superintendent’s cottage (1846), which is now recognised as a small museum.  She has even produced the Lighthouse Cookbook, and sales of the book have raised considerable funds for both FoDI and Friends of Tasman Island.

Shirley’s talent as a historian and her reliability, initiative and knowledge have contributed immensely to building Tasmania’s historical archives.

The finalists are:

Brenda Boyle – Calvary Health Care Tasmania

Brenda Boyle has dedicated her retirement years to creating the Calvary Hospital’s Heritage Archive. Since 2001 she has been curating the history of Calvary Hospitals at Lenah Valley and St Johns. She has lovingly curated, preserved and catalogued a significant range of historical items which are now on display in Calvary’s public foyers for others to enjoy.

Brenda has a special skill in relating historical items to current medical practice, creating numerous links between the heritage of Calvary and its founding sisters to the history of medicine and care in our Hobart community.

Volunteering is not new to Brenda, who began volunteering in the 1970s as a coach of junior hockey. During her 23 years as a nurse working at Calvary, she has been president of Calvary’s Past Nurses Association, a conference organiser, and a committee member and vice-president of the Hospital Auxiliary and The Friends of Calvary.

Mary Machen – The Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Mary Machen is president of the Tamar Valley Writer’s Festival and was key to the highly successful Spring into the Tamar—promotional initiative with other Launceston-based arts festivals. Brimming with original ideas, Mary has worked hard to promote the festival and work with potential sponsors, arts events organisers, and politicians, enlisting support from her wide range of contacts. This year’s program included a Schools Day to support literacy and a diversity and identity element especially designed for young people.

Before joining the Tamar Valley Writers Festival board, Mary has volunteered with other arts organisations including Junction Arts Festival, Friends of the Museum, and Friends of Theatre North, where she was instrumental in growing the support base to ensure that major theatre productions are available to Launceston audiences.

Mary’s cheerful attitude and excellent people skills have enabled the Festival board to recruit many other talented people to volunteer. She leads with a light touch and is always keen to lend a hand.

Allen Rust – Tasmanian Sail Training Association

Allen Rust volunteers as the Ship’s Master for the Tasmanian Sail Training vessel the Lady Nelson. A volunteer for over 20 years, and their longest serving Master, Allen has shown great commitment to the organisation. During this time. Allen earned his Master’s ticket at his own expense, attending the Australian Maritime College in Launceston as a mature age student.

For some years he was the only Master available, and so he sailed every cruise for which the Lady Nelson was chartered. The sacrifices he made to do this allowed the Lady Nelson to operate continuously in Hobart.

Allen has helped many others to gain qualifications to take on senior positions on the ship through his dedication, calmness and positive instruction. He inspires those around him to learn and continue the traditional maritime crafts, skills that are part of Hobart’s rich history.


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Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award

Tasmania’s Emergency Services rely on an army of skilled volunteers to help respond to a fire, flood, ambulance emergency or other sudden crisis. These volunteers work all hours without payment, and dedicate large amounts of personal time to training. The Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award aims to recognise the formal Emergency Services volunteers, but also the ‘informal’ volunteers – the ones who follow after the Emergency Services crews – those who are there through the long recovery phase, to help their neighbour, a friend, or even a stranger get back on their feet


Kate Gillham – Tasmania Fire Service Campania Fire Brigade

Kate holds several roles in Campania Fire Brigade. She is Second Officer, Training Coordinator, Junior Brigade Coordinator, and during fire season she is District Resource Coordinator, sourcing crews from other local brigades to attend significant fires. Her passion is evident in the number of roles she has volunteered for in the brigade.

Kate has a great passion for educating and informing the community on safety procedures and bushfire preparedness. She is highly respected for her knowledge and her willingness to help educate others. She is the driving force and coordinator of the ‘Bushfire Ready Community’ talks, displays and information sessions. Through Kate’s initiative, attendance at these sessions has grown significantly.

Kate’s key strength is her communication skills. She is committed to providing a great program for the Junior Brigade. Her input, commitment and great rapport with the children are the foundation of the program. Campania Fire Brigade feel fortunate to have such an inspirational leader as Kate.


The finalists are:

Damien Almond – St John Ambulance Australia (Tasmania) Inc.

Damien Almond is the Divisional Superintendent of St John Ambulance Tasmania, Launceston. He is the Event Commander for the Falls Festival and is instrumental in planning and executing first aid support for both Falls and Party in the Paddock. These are Tasmania’s flagship music festivals with a combined attendance of over 21,000 people.

Since 2018 Damien has worked to enhance and improve the support delivery of the Party Safe Crew. Damien and his team’s implementation of the St John No Judgement approach have reduced medical centre presentations related to alcohol, drugs, and violence at the festivals, and has been a major contributor to keeping young festival patrons safe.

Damien’s outstanding planning and management skills, and his respectful manner with festival patrons and colleagues are well-recognised within St John. His quiet manner of leadership has grown the number of first aid staff and volunteers from 85 in 2018 to over 165 in 2019.


Robert Jordan – Ambulance Tasmania King Island Volunteers

Robert has been a volunteer Ambulance Tasmania office on King Island for 29 years and the State Emergency Service for 28 years. He is also the Ambulance Tasmania Volunteer Coordinator on King Island, assisting other volunteers, managing rosters, facilitating training and providing the motivation to improve continually.

Robert is there to save lives, provide emergency care, support grieving families and to ensure people are transferred safely to the Air Ambulance Service. He responds to 4 to 5 cases every week for Ambulance Tasmania and on most occasions, he can attend a patient within 6-7 minutes from a 000 call, where he sometimes provides over an hour of patient care.

Robert has modelled exemplary behaviour within the emergency services volunteer environment. Every family on King Island has benefited directly from his care and been inspired by his example. Robert’s face is well-recognised and his service is highly valued in the King Island community.


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