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Stars of Wesley Mission shine at 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards

18 November 2016 Wesley Mission news

Volunteer AppreciationThe Wesley Centre was transformed into a 1920’s ballroom last Sunday, draped in gold and dripping with glitter, glitz and glam for Wesley Mission’s annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon. The room—adorned with black and gold stars—sparkled under the lights, but the real stars were Wesley Mission’s dedicated volunteers whose commitment to doing all the good they can continues to make it possible for us to help more people in more ways.

Each year, Wesley Mission’s senior leaders take on the role of waiters to serve those who, throughout the year, devote their time and energy to serving others, and a key part of the night is the presentation of the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Each of our volunteers is invaluable to the work we do, and it is always a tough job choosing just a few winners. This year, the Rev Keith Garner announced winners in six categories, chosen from a whopping 34 finalists.

The overall award for Volunteer of the Year went to Kaye and Brian Taylor for their work with Wesley Mission’s out of home care on the Central Coast and the category winners were:

Youth: Eliah Curry, for service to Wesley McKenzie Newcastle

Adult: Barbara Allwright, for service to Wesley Aunties & Uncles

Seniors: Kaye and Brian Taylor, for service to out of home care on the Central Coast

Volunteer team: Wesley Aunties & Uncles

Corporate individual: Emily Weight, an employee from the talent agency, WME IMG, who has supported Wesley Mission through its corporate volunteering program.

Corporate team: AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company that has supported Wesley Mission through its corporate volunteering program.