Andrew Tynan – Boroondara Volunteer of the Year
Andrew Tynan is the winner of the 2021 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognises a volunteer for their achievements with a local community organisation. Andrew set up the Repair Café in the Greythorn Community Hub, which helps community members to repair, reuse and repurpose items that would otherwise end up in landfill. Andrew and other volunteers help community members to build their skills to repair everything from sewing machines to computers and furniture.
COVID-19: Outstanding Local Hero Award joint winners
Susan Laird and Yvonne Giltinan are the joint winners of the COVID-19: Outstanding Local Hero Award. This award recognises informal volunteering through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Susan stepped up in her volunteer role at Servants Community Housing, which provides housing to vulnerable people with complex needs, to manage its COVID-19 response. Susan made sure the organisation had a COVID-19 safe plan and went to lengths to ensure the safety of volunteers, clients and staff.
As founder and choral director of community choir Yarra Gospel, Yvonne and her team mobilised 70 participants to meet online to sing during the pandemic in 2020.
Since 2004, Yvonne has contributed an estimated 10,000 hours volunteering to support local organisations and activities, including the Camberwell High Ex-Students Society and St Mark’s Camberwell.
COVID-19: Outstanding Innovative Program Award winner
Boroondara Community Outreach
Boroondara Community Outreach is the winner of the COVID-19: Outstanding Innovative Program Award. This award recognises a new or adapted volunteer program or initiative from a community organisation that has responded innovatively to support people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boroondara Community Outreach, a local not-for-profit Uniting Church mission based in Kew, has gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic. The program distributed 20,000 meals to vulnerable people, as well as providing face masks, hot water, phone charging and internet access to people experiencing homelessness.