Volunteer Awards

The Glenorchy City Council hosts a reception for volunteers during Volunteer Week each year (usually held around the middle of May). These awards were established in 1994 to acknowledge the efforts of volunteers in the Glenorchy community, and to encourage the growth and recognition of volunteering.

Congratulations to all our 2019 Volunteer Awards recipients

In an emotional event filled with tears and laughter, on 22nd May, Glenorchy City Council recognised the great work accomplished by volunteers in their community, at the 2019 Volunteer Awards evening, held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

The Awards, held every year during National Volunteer Week, celebrate the extraordinary effort, dedication and generosity of volunteers and community groups in Glenorchy, some of whom have completed more than 10,000 hours of service.

This was an excellent opportunity for organisations in the Glenorchy municipality to recognise the achievements of their volunteers, and we had 20 organisations making nominations.We are so proud to celebrate the record number of Special Contribution award recipients this year.

With over 90 nominees attending the Awards, they had a collective 230,000 hours of volunteer service to the community.

Well done to all volunteers and thank you for making a world of difference in our community.

A copy of the program for the 2019 Glenorchy Volunteer Awards listing all the wonderful volunteers recognised can be downloaded by clicking here.

Winners of the 2019 Glenorchy Volunteers 10000 hours Award

10,000+ hours Volunteer Award Winners

(L-R): Yabbo Thompson, Mayor Kristie Johnston, Kay Grainger, and General Manager Tony McMullen



2019 Special Contribution Volunteer Award Winners

Special Contribution Volunteers

(Front, L-R): Karina Ceron, Lilo Kuhn, Sharon Tolputt, Rhonda Spink, Mayor Kristie Johnston, Glenyse Russell, Melissa Spencer, General Manager Tony McMullen, Fiona Ramshaw

(Back row L-R) Peter Stolp, Barry "Barney" Balmforth


Criteria for awards

Volunteers are eligible for an award if they live in Glenorchy or if they perform their volunteer work in Glenorchy. Volunteer awards are for total effort over the person’s lifetime, not just for the previous year.
Volunteering is defined as any activity, which is freely chosen, is of benefit to the community, and is undertaken without financial reward.

Volunteers who have received an award at any of the ceremonies in the past are eligible to be renominated in a different category.

Please note: the contribution that organisations make to volunteer work is acknowledged and appreciated. However, these awards are aimed at highlighting the contributions made by individuals within the organisation, and we encourage individuals or organisations to nominate as many individual volunteers as they are aware of who are eligible for these awards.

Award categories

The Mayor presents nominated volunteers with an award from one of the following categories:

  • 500 hours of voluntary service
  • 1000 hours of voluntary service
  • 2000 hours of voluntary service
  • 5000 hours of voluntary service
  • 10,000 hours of voluntary service
  • For committee contribution: that is, special contribution by a committee
  • For special contribution to voluntary service: that is, more than 10,000 hours of voluntary service and acts over and above normal volunteer work.

The awards consist of an inscribed certificate and a volunteer badge.

Award nominations

Nomination forms for the 2020 Volunteer Awards will be available in February/March 2020. 


Volunteer awards