GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION

These guidelines provide information on how to submit a nomination for the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards and the eligibility criteria.

Please read carefully and complete the relevant nomination form online.

Alternatively, hard copy forms are available from Wodonga Council Customer Service, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga or AlburyCity, 553 Kiewa St, Albury.

Hard copy forms can be returned in person, via email or via post.

In person: Wodonga Council Customer Service, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga
Email: volunteer@wodonga.vic.gov.au
Post:  Wodonga Council, PO Box 923, Wodonga, VIC 3689

For any enquiries and further information, please contact Wodonga Council’s Volunteer Development Co-ordinator at volunteer@wodonga.vic.gov.au

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Thursday, April 29, 2021.


AWARDS

These awards are presented to volunteers for their outstanding contribution to our local community.

Awards are given to recognise excellence in voluntary service and are intended to enhance public awareness and appreciation of the quality and depth of voluntary service in the community. The awards are not seeking to identify a ‘best volunteer’.

The award categories are:

  1. Bryan Watson Award (Wodonga Individual of the Year Award)
    Recognition of an outstandingly effective volunteer as the Individual Volunteer of the Year. The individual award winner will receive a trophy and certificate to commemorate their achievement.
  2. Wodonga Volunteer Team of the Year Award
    Recognition of an outstandingly effective team of volunteers as the Volunteer Team of the Year. The team award winner will receive a trophy and certificate to commemorate their achievement.
  3. Two Cities One Community Volunteer Award
    Recognition of an individual or team who has been outstanding and contributes to both Albury and Wodonga. The award winner will receive a trophy and certificate to commemorate their achievement.
  4. The above three awards are determined by a selection panel. The selection panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding its selections.

  5. Albury-Wodonga Mayoral Volunteer Award
    Recognition of an individual or team who is a community champion in advocating and promoting volunteering and our cities. The award winner will receive a trophy and certificate to commemorate their achievement.

The above award is decided collectively by the AlburyCity and Wodonga Council mayors. The mayoral’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their selection.


ELIGIBILITY

Only volunteers are eligible.

Volunteers are considered to be individuals or groups who are not paid for their activities and efforts on behalf of the community (apart from reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred).

The national definition of volunteering states that,
“Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.”

An individual volunteer may be nominated and seconded by an organisation or individuals, on the official nomination form. Award winners are ineligible for nomination in the year following their award.

Nominated persons for the Wodonga Individual and Wodonga Team Volunteer of the Year Awards must volunteer in Wodonga and demonstrates involvement, or participation within the Wodonga community.

Nominated persons for the Two Cities One Community and Albury-Wodonga Mayoral Award must volunteer in Albury and Wodonga.