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Volunteer Recognition Award Winners 2012

JDRF is proud to be able to recognise and thank the following people who help us in our mission to deliver a better life for people with type 1 diabetes. We received a large number of nominations for each category, which reflects the passion and dedication of our volunteers. Thank you to those who nominated, and congratulations to our winners for 2012.

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National Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

National Volunteer of the Year Award

Christine Benjamin-Young

Christine has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the JDRF Peer Support Program in Queensland since 2010. In her time with the program, she has connected over 83 newly diagnosed families and adults to volunteers offering peer support. Christine is also involved with the Queensland State Corporate Committee.

National Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Tess Macartney

Tess has been a strong Government Advocate for many years, and has participated in previous advocacy campaigns. In 2011, her actions were instrumental in delivering changes to the Carers Allowance. For the 2012 Promise to Remember Me Campaign, Tess has already had meetings with the Lord Mayer and the Hon Tanya Plibersek.  In addition to her advocacy work, Tess also volunteers at JDRF fundraising events.

State Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

Australian Capital Territory

Leanne Bush - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Leanne has raised over $1000 for the Jump to Cure Diabetes - using the event as a way to conquer her fear of heights! She's deeply involved with the Walk to Cure Diabetes as well, organising a regional Walk in Goulburn.

Rhianna Poole - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Rhianna was nominated for her contribution to the 2012 Jelly Baby Campaign - organising multiple volunteers to sell Jelly Baby merchandise in shopping centres throughout the state. Overall, her team of volunteers raised over $4000 for JDRF!

New South Wales

Peter Forrest - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Peter has been involved in the Ride to Cure Diabetes for over six years. He is the National Team Captain for the Macquarie Bank team, which raised over $100,000 in 2012. In that role, he leads the team in training, fundraising, and logistics!

Graeme Long - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Graeme has been involved with assisting JDRF in a professional capacity since September 2011. In this time, he has spent 3 to 4 full days in the office each week, to help JDRF develop financial strategies, organisational policies and risk management methods. Through his work, Graeme has also identified where JDRF can make savings in running costs, thereby increasing the amount of money we can dedicate to research.

Vivienne Todd - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Vivienne has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the JDRF Peer Support Program in New South Wales since November 2010. Each week, she comes into the JDRF office to connect newly diagnosed families and adults with volunteers offering peer support. She has created over 100 connections in her time at JDRF. Vivienne is also one of the ambassadors for the Peer Support Program (on all the marketing collateral).

Will Cullen - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Will was the face of the 2012 Jelly Baby Month campaign. His image was used on all Jelly Baby merchandise and lollies throughout Australia. In addition to this, Will volunteered at the Jelly Baby Day in Martin Place, helping raise over $3000 on the day. He also spoke at an annual Golf Day, which raised over $25,000 for JDRF.

Queensland

Cynthia Di Bartolo - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Cynthia managed a group of volunteers to organise the North Queensland Jelly Baby Gala Ball. This inaugural Townsville event raised over $65,000 for JDRF, and had celebrity Rob Palmer attend on the night as well.

Krystal Slapp - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Krystal has been nominated for her years of involvement with JDRF in different forms. She was a JDRF Youth Ambassador, and is now the leader of the Young T1D Social Group, connecting young adults who live with type 1 diabetes in Queensland. Her leadership of this group allows young adults with T1D to speak with similar people in a safe and fun environment.

Matthew Buckley - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Matthew has been on the Queensland State Committee for eight years, and as Chairperson for five of those years. He is always helping JDRF recruit for fundraising events through his personal network, and donates the use of his Boardroom for regular JDRF committee meetings.

Lucy Bedford - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Lucy has helped JDRF raise awareness of type 1 diabetes through media stories for some key fundraising events. In particular, her work was integral in getting two local radio station hosts to participate in the 2012 Jump to Cure Diabetes, which gave JDRF a lot of free radio advertising with mentions on the radio station website as well. 

South Australia

Paul Aitchison - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Paul has been involved with JDRF for many years as the BBQ King at many JDRF events. He has volunteered at the Walk to Cure Diabetes Adelaide every year in setting up, running the day, and packing up as well. Paul even took annual leave from his day job in order to volunteer at the Clipsal 500 event in 2012 - doing 5am to 10pm days during the event!

Alison Kennedy - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Alison has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the JDRF Peer Support Program in South Australia since 2011. In this time, she has offered support to over 150 newly diagnosed families and adults, and created over 45 peer support connections. In addition to her work with the Peer Support Program, she often volunteers her time to help out at SA events.

Georgia Rose Hall - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Georgia has been a Youth Ambassador since January 2010. In this time, she has raised over $35,000 for JDRF through various fundraising activities like the walk. Georgia is also an active ambassador, giving regular media interviews to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and has spoken at official events. Outside of her work with JDRF, Georgia also counsels young newly diagnosed teenagers and also contributes to Diabetes Counselling Online. She was nominated for a Pride of Australia Award in 2011, and awarded an Order of Australia in 2011. 

Victoria/Tasmania

Mick Harris - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

Mick organised the Geelong Walk to Cure Diabetes in April 2012, his first fundraising event. The Walk raised over $20,000 against a forecast of $5000, and gained a lot of media attention, due to the tireless efforts of Mick and his passion for raising awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes. 

Rosie Appleton - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Rosie has been nominated for the dedication she has shown to JDRF since 1998, in particular for involvement in the Jelly Baby Campaign and the Victorian Schools Visit Program. The Schools Visit Program allows volunteers to visit schools to educate and raise awareness of type 1 diabetes. In 2011/2012, 36 visits were undertaken, and 23 were done by Rosie herself.

Tess Macartney - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Tess has been a strong Government Advocate for many years, and has participated in previous advocacy campaigns. In 2011, her actions were instrumental in delivering changes to the Carers Allowance. For the 2012 Promise to Remember Me Campaign, Tess has already had meetings with the Lord Mayer and the Hon Tanya Plibersek. In addition to her advocacy work, Tess also volunteers at JDRF fundraising events.

Western Australia

Webb & Brown Neaves - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Impact)

The Webb & Brown Neaves team has been nominated for the Impact Award as one of the most active Ride to Cure Diabetes teams, with over 30 members. Led by Team Captains Lauren O'Reilly and Fiona Haydock, they raised over $80,000 for JDRF in 2012. They have committed to raising $100,000 in 2013 for the Ride, and were also a Silver Sponsor of the 2012 WA Gala Ball. To find out more about Web & Brown Neaves and their luxury home designs, click here.

Cathryn Urquhart - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Cathryn was the chairperson of the WA State Committee from 2011 and 2012, is currently on the WA Gala Ball Committee, and actively volunteers at the Walk to Cure Diabetes. She often speaks at public events about her family's life with type 1 diabetes to help raise awareness of T1D and JDRF.

Janine Goyder - State Volunteer of the Year Award (Contribution)

Janine has been strongly involved with many JDRF activities in the past year. Her family team raised over $16,000 at the 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes, she raised over $1,200 selling merchandise at a shopping centre for Jelly Baby Month, and she sourced approximately 30 high value silent auction items and 2 fantastic live auction items for the 2012 WA Gala Ball. In addition to her fundraising contribution, Janine and her husband Richard also hosted a lunch for key JDRF stakeholders to facilitate discussion about type 1 diabetes research.

Jake Burton - State Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Jake has been a JDRF Youth Ambassador and Government Advocate for many years. For his ten year anniversary living with type 1 diabetes in 2011, Jake decided to raise $10,000 for the Walk. To achieve this, he did a lot of media interviews, got the support of his school and local businesses, and fundraised everywhere possible - and reached his goal! His work has encouraged a local business to continue support of JDRF for all future Walk to Cure Diabetes events around Australia.