2019 Boroondara Volunteer Award winners

John Lagzdins – Boroondara Volunteer of the Year

John Lagzdins with Boroondara Mayor Cr Jane Addis.

A committed volunteer for the past 2 decades, John is being recognised for his tireless dedication and extensive contribution to the Boroondara community.

An accountant by trade with a passion for giving back to the community, John has held the role of the treasurer at Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre for the past 10 years and taken on managerial and administrative responsibilities as needed.

He has also served, or currently serves, as treasurer, secretary and committee member with many other local community organisations, including Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch, Friends of Same and the Victorian Dog Obedience Group.

As someone with a lived experience of the impact of alcohol and drug use on family members or friends by loved ones, John is also a Peer Support Leader with the Ashburton Family Drug Help Support Group.

Wendy Young – Special commendation

The award was accepted by Freya Young (daughter of Wendy Young), pictured with Boroondara Mayor Cr Jane Addis.

Wendy is being recognised for her significant contribution to making swimming more accessible to, and inclusive of, people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

For the past 11 years, Wendy has been the leader and main swimming teacher with the Dugong program at Kew YMCA. Wendy coordinates a group of volunteers who work with her to assist individuals with disabilities to swim and be safe around water.

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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