Outstanding volunteers celebrated at Hunter Volunteer Awards

Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon formally recognised a group of 40 selfless volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the community at a special event hosted in Cessnock on Tuesday.

Mr Fitzgibbon invited the Hunter community to nominate volunteers who deserved to be acknowledged for the time they give in an effort to make a difference.

The event was held in conjunction with the recent National Volunteers Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. This year’s theme ‘Give a little, change a lot’ represents the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in the community and on society, through giving a little time.

“The contributions made by our Hunter Volunteer Award recipients make our community a better place,” Federal Member Joel Fitzgibbon said.  

“These community minded citizens are inspired to be involved in volunteering as it allows them to give something back and make a difference.

“The time, energy and effort our award recipients have selflessly given to a myriad of organisations in our community is truly commendable.”

The Hunter Volunteers event was attended by more than 100 people including Federal Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson, Cessnock City Council Mayor Bob Pynsent and Singleton Council Mayor Sue Moore who were on hand to congratulate the volunteers.

“It’s clear from today’s wonderful group of recipients we have no shortage of generous, community-orientated citizens who sacrifice their time and effort to assist others. The Hunter without doubt is all the better for their contribution,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“I am proud to host a volunteers event to acknowledge the many outstanding volunteers who are determined to make the Hunter a more vibrant, supportive and special place to live.”

“I would also like to thank those who took the time to submit their nominations to ensure the recognition of our local volunteers.”



Award Recipient

Volunteer Organisation

Debra Calderwood

Northern Coalfields Community Care

William Calderwood

Cessnock District Rescue Squad VRA

Robyn Drayton

Northern Coalfields Community Care Association

Jordan Fallon

Kearsley Community Dawn Service Committee

Tracey Ford

Cessnock Hornets U14’s

Matthew Ford

Cessnock Hornets U14’s

Bronwyn Fox

Finding Yellow

Raymond George

Masonic Retirement Village.

Vicki George

Masonic Retirement Village.

Dale Goldie

Kearsley Community Dawn Service Inc

Jane Goldie

Kearsley Rural Fire Brigade

Kylie Gray

Cessnock Girl Guides

Dorothy Heath

Rural Fire Service and Cessnock District Cricket

Rosaland Holme

Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue

Tracey Jeffery

Cessnock Hornets

Chad Lewis

Mulbring Cricket Club

Jacqui McMichael

Cessnock View Club, Anglican Church choir, Management committee Marthaville and Samaritans

Ellena Morris

Special  Olympics/Coalfields United Swim Club

Lyn Rockley

Wine Country Lions Club

Katrina Rose

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery

Kelly Sansom

Cessnock Girl Guides

Ann Skinner

Cessnock United Football Club

Vicki Steep

Rotary Club of Cessnock

Waltraud Waeger

Greta Tidy Towns

Teresa Wrightson

PCYC Cessnock Soccer

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Cessnock Volunteer Support Group


Craig Wyborn

Mulbring Cricket Club

Eleni Comino

Rotary Club of Morisset

Daniel Joyce

St John Vianney Parish Morisset

Morisset and Toronto Meals on Wheels



Lindy Hunt

Where there’s a will

Joe Matthews

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Muswellbrook Support Group

Mrs Margaret Matthews

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Muswellbrook Support Group

Carol O’Brien

Saint Vincent de Paul

Robert O’Brien

Saint Vincent de Paul

Debbie Gilbert

All Saints Church

Kelly Grainger

St John’s Ambulance Singleton combined division

Luke Grainger

St John’s Ambulance Singleton combined division

Val Scott

Singleton Tidy Towns, Singleton Hospital community Trust, Singleton Anglican Church

Jo-Ann Tonon

Girl Guides


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