Welcome to this year's Volunteer Finalists


Volunteer of the Year acknowledges an individual who has made a significant contribution through their volunteer efforts and exemplifies what the power of volunteerism can have on the wider community.

Here are this year’s finalists:

  • Ian Grace – Youth Music Venture Inc.
  • Melanie Funk – Eczema Support Australia
  • Diann Eadeh – St John Crisis Centre

youth volunteer

The Youth Volunteer of the year goes to a special volunteer aged 18 and under who has made a substantial influence to the community through volunteering and through giving back has become a leading example for future generations. 

Here are this year’s finalists: 

  • Bryce U’Ren – 14 years old, Founder: Super Max & Bryce
  • Jameel Baba – 17 years old, Multicultural Social Network
  • Allyshia Fauula – 15 years old, Walk With Us


This award recognises one organisation whose sole purpose is to create impact and support the community. We want to hear the benefits that your organisation has had on the community and how you utilise volunteers to sustain this.

Here are this year’s finalists:

  • Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport – Surfers Paradise
  • Walk With Us
  • Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc.

community project

The Gold Coast Community project award acknowledges volunteer-led projects which aim to benefit the community. The project needs to be something that is planned and implemented within the current organisation club or community committee, rather than an organisation going about doing their day to day operations.

Whether it’s helping to clean the environment, providing support for the homeless, people with disabilities or other marginalised groups.

Here are this year’s finalists: 

  • Mudgeeraba Agricultural Show
  • Youth Academy by Walk With Us
  • Big Red Kidney Bus by Kidney Health Australia


Now more than ever, corporate organisations are understanding the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and implementing initiatives to contribute to employee well-being and the community. Implementing these types of programs helps organisations build a brand reputation within a community and helps the organisation to identify as an employer of choice for future employees.   

It can be anything from a staff volunteering program to a partnership with a local charity.

Here are this year’s finalists:

  • Westpac Private Bank Gold Coast
  • Gold Girls in Business
  • Robina Town Centre 


Creating diverse and inclusive workplaces is one-way organisations have contributed to society. Organisations are increasingly aware of the impact of inclusion and also now appreciate that having diverse staff, customers and stakeholders leads to a sustainable competitive edge.

These finalists have implemented these in their workplace and have had a positive impact on their organisation.

Here are this year’s finalists:

  • Cycling Without Age
  • Serving Our People
  • I Speak Your Language

News & Announcements

To stay up to date on all things volunteering make sure you read our most recent blogs and press releases for all updates. 

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