Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Awards

2021 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

Andrew Tynan

Andrew established 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.

‘There has been a huge amount of time donated purely through Andrew’s dedicated and passionate drive to make a difference to change from a throwaway society.’ – Nominator Warren Davey

COVID-19: Outstanding Local Hero Award Joint winners

Susan Laird

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. 

Yvonne Giltinan

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, 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.

Save the date: 2021 Boroondara Volunteer Expo

Wednesday 17 March

Connect with local community organisations and explore the different ways you can get involved, support a cause
or use your skills through volunteering! For more information visit Volunteer expo