2018 Boroondara Volunteer Award winners

Bernie Smith – Boroondara Volunteer of the Year

Over the past 7 years, retired builder Bernie Smith has been the driving force behind the development of the new North Balwyn Men’s Shed. Bernie led a committee to work with Council to find a suitable site for a men’s shed in the North Balwyn area. Together with Council, Bernie designed the new community facility.

Bernie’s commitment to the project was driven by his strong belief that North Balwyn, a community with a large population of retired and semi-retired men, would benefit from a men’s shed to bring people together to socialise and make new connections, as well as learn and practice skills.

Since its launch in September 2017, Bernie has supervised the workshop’s activities each Monday and Thursday.

Anne Brown – Special commendation

For the past 7 years, Anne has volunteered her professional skills in administration and records management to support Guide Dogs Victoria to undertake large complex projects, including setting up a database for all bequests and transitioning all client files from paper to online.

Anne spends 4 hours each day volunteering in the community. In addition to her work with Guide Dogs Victoria, she dedicates a significant amount of time to the Boroondara Cares Foundation and the Yarra Bend Rotary Club where Anne has held various roles, including President, Secretary, Treasurer and Youth Services Director.

Walter Scharley – Special commendation 

Since 2009, Walter has volunteered his time and professional skills supporting a number of Neighbourhood Houses in Boroondara. As Treasurer and committee member at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Walter is instrumental in providing effective governance and helping set strategic direction.

Walter has also been involved in the Surrey Hills Music Festival’s Steering Committee and supported other local Neighbourhood Houses to set up new accounting systems and programs.

More information

For more information about the Boroondara Volunteer Awards, contact the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre on 9278 4550.

You can also visit our Volunteering opportunities page to find out ways to make a difference in our community. 

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