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Volunteers are Winners

Volunteers are Winners

In National Volunteer Week (May 12th to the 18th) the Minister for Health celebrates the outstanding achievements of volunteers working in the Victorian Health Care System. 

In 2014 AWH Volunteers, Linda McWaters and John Thiele picked up awards for ‚ÄúOutstanding Individual Achievement‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúOutstanding Team Achievement.‚ÄĚ ¬†for a regional Health Service. Both volunteers were very humble and excited by the recognition.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Linda McWaters commenced volunteering in 1991 and volunteers in both the Wodonga Hospital as a Pink Lady and at the Murray Valley Private Hospital as a part of the Pastoral Care Team, over the years she has given many people spiritual support and always has time for a chat.

John Thiele accepted the award for ‚ÄúOutstanding Team Achievement‚ÄĚ for the Palliative Care Team. The team has 19 volunteers who provide emotional support, transport and in home respite for palliative patients within the Wodonga, Beechworth and Rutherglen area.


The awards were presented at the MCG on Wednesday the 14th of May 2014 by the Minister Hon David Davis MP, Minister for Health.

Gareth Jones and the Pastoral Care Team were also nominated for their outstanding achievments and should be congratulated.

AWH held their own celebration of volunteering at ‚ÄúThe Hovell Tree Inn‚ÄĚ on Friday the 16th and were able to acknowledge the efforts of all volunteers. Over 100 volunteers and AWH Senior Executive gathered to have morning tea together.

Last updated: 28-05-2014