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Welcome to our June 2012 Newsletter “Building Communities Through Volunteering”

NEWS IN BRIEF Our Board of Trustees:

This is the motto for our Volunteer Awareness Week this year. In June each year we celebrate you, our volunteer, for the work, time and effort you so willingly give to our community. A ‘thank you’ never seems enough! This year we implement our Inaugural Volunteer Awards. Choosing the winning nominees was extremely difficult. Every one of the Award winners, as well as those receiving Certificates, have given many hours of service and volunteered their skills to help others. You are the glue holding this community together. Without you many organisations could not survive and many people would not receive the help and assistance they so desperately need. Every Nominee is a winner. Congratulations to you all! Each year Trust Power presents Community Awards, empowering Volunteers. This year the Volunteer Centre was a Regional winner in the Arts and Culture section, for the Western Bay Awards. We received a framed Certificate and a cheque for $500. This Award hangs in the Centre’s office, but it belongs to all those volunteers who contribute to our community. Just recently I spoke at the Funding Day Seminars in Katikati and Te Puke, about Managing Volunteers. The level of interest assures me that volunteering continues to grow and change. Team Volunteering Projects is exciting and ensures volunteering will expand into the future in a professional manner.

Chair Vice Chair Treasurer Secretary Trustees

Jean Scoullar Andrew Von Dadelszen Andrew Von Dadelszen Kristina Nink Meg Jones Tony Snow

THANK YOU to our Funders, Sponsors, and Supporters: NZ Lotteries Board DIA Support for Volunteering Fund DIA COGS NZ Community Trust NZ Post Lion Foundation First Sovereign Bay Trust The Acorn Foundation T.E.C.T. Pub Charity VolunteerNZ Friends of Volunteer WBOP If you want to make a DONATION, please visit our website where you can donate to us with just a few mouse clicks. ate.

Until next time, take care, Margaret Butler VOLUNTEER WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY 17th Avenue West PO Box 841 TAURANGA Ph. 07 571-3714 / 571 3743 Email

Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 WINNER Luci Carter Lucy Carter has the energy and a dedication to the blind and partially sighted community which often goes without recognition. The wide variety of tasks past and present she undertakes for the RNZFB include: A Puppy Walker and Breeding Stock Guardian, both of which roles require a 24/7 commitment A guest speaker talking to schools about Guide Dogs. Working with one of our local members she is able to raise awareness of the Guide Dog services and other issues Supporting all aspects of local fund raising efforts Driving our members to places they may need to go Being a member of the RNZFB’s Tauranga Community Committee since 2005 Being the local volunteer coordinator since 2010. A Luci’s ‘can-do’ attitude and helpfulness has been a tremendous asset to Foundation Members and staff in the area. She approaches all of the roles she has undertaken with enthusiasm and vitality, achieving them in a timely and efficient manner. She is an ordinary New Zealander who makes an extraordinary contribution to blind and partially sighted people in the Tauranga area. Nominated by the Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind

___________________________________________________________ RUNNER-UP Rob Miller Rob Miller is a remarkable volunteer and not one to boast about his outstanding contribution to Waipuna Hospice. For the past four and a half years he has visited and supported numerous patients and their families, always going the extra mile to ‘make a difference’ but never overstepping his boundaries as a volunteer. He is a dedicated, compassionate, versatile and extremely reliable person who has a unique ability to interact with a wide variety of people. Nothing is too difficult for Rob. With a cheery spirit and warm approachable manner he goes about his work, turning his hand to any situation and advocating for Waipuna along the way. He is a valued member of our 490 strong team of volunteers. Nominated by Waipuna Hospice VOLUNTEER WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY 17th Avenue West PO Box 841 TAURANGA Ph. 07 571-3714 / 571 3743 Email

HIGHLY COMMENDED Ivan Sullivan Passion, commitment, positive attitude and dependability are the qualities of a great volunteer! Ivan Sullivan possesses all these qualities and more! Ivan volunteers on the IHC one-to one friendship programme where he has needed to develop a friendship with a person with an intellectual disability. As a volunteer he has demonstrated IHC’s guiding principles on how to support someone with an intellectual disability - with respect, dignity, giving choices, community presence, empowering them to make decisions and participate. He has been a volunteer since 2011, and from the moment he met his friend there has been a bond of joking around and having lots of laughs. Ivan has patience and shows a genuine interest in encouraging and developing the relationship. Ivan has a family of his own, two of whom have disabilities and has chosen to use the skills he has developed over the years to enrich the lives of others on the IHC programme. We believe Ivan is deserving of recognition. He is an inspiring role model and exemplifies respect and patience. He is a very humble person who volunteers for the good of others. Nominated by IHC

Volunteers Needed Here at Volunteer Western Bay of Plenty, we always have a lot of roles to fill on our database – whether you are a keen gardener or a qualified professional or looking for some more experience, we need you. We have a wide range of voluntary positions available on our database including: Befrienders or visitors Curtain seamstresses Male youth mentors Minute secretaries Radio technicians Community patrol assistants Saturday or Sunday working bees in the dunes at Maketu. Contact Murray Clayton, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information: Phone 07 571 3714 Email

VOLUNTEER WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY 17th Avenue West PO Box 841 TAURANGA Ph. 07 571-3714 / 571 3743 Email

Youth Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 WINNER Rafael Ortiz Rafael has been part of the Y family for over two years. He started out as a child at one of our After School Care Centers when he was entering young adult stage. Rafael did present the organiser with a few challenges but soon took on his role as a mentor to the younger children and started his journey as a great role model and volunteer. Since embracing the role of volunteer at the Y’s Holiday Programme he has been acknowledged by many staff members as a hard working, driven and cheerful young man. The children on our programme automatically warm to Rafael. He has a natural talent to work with people of all ages. Rafael has taken on responsibilities beyond his years and has given up hundreds of hours of his free time to help others, become part of the team and guide to his peers. We are nominating Rafael for this award to recognise his amazing efforts and all that he’s done for the Y. Nominated by the YMCA

___________________________________________________________ RUNNER-UP Lauren van Arendonk Lauren is a full-time student who works part-time and runs marathons for charity. However, she makes sure that she always has time for other people! Coming from a loving and supportive home background, she realises the true value of helping others and contributing to the community. She has chosen to work for Habitat for Humanity because the other volunteers are passionate and really believe in this fantastic cause. Her contribution is making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Nominated by Habitat for Humanity

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VOLUNTEER WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY 17th Avenue West PO Box 841 TAURANGA Ph. 07 571-3714 / 571 3743 Email

Newsletter June 2012  
Newsletter June 2012  

Newsletter June 2012