Last chance to vote for Wodonga's Volunteer of the Year

Time is running out to vote in Wodonga's Volunteer of the Year Awards with voting finishing tomorrow at noon.

The winners of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the Wodonga Volunteers Fair on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

This year’s individual award nominees are Lee Beaumont, Reginald Morley and Keith Quinn.


Ms Beaumont co-ordinates the Swap Box at the Felltimber and Baranduda community centres.

The swap box allows community members to reuse and recycle donated children’s and adults clothes.

This community initiative not only supports families in need but also allows the recycling of clothes using the philosophy that “with a little bit of give and a little bit of take, to keep the system going please donate”.

Ms Beaumont co-ordinates both of the swap box locations, collecting the clothes and taking them home to clean. She makes sure each location is neat and tidy with appropriate amount of clothes and also organises clothes dependent on the season.


Mr Morley has more than 60 years of community service under his belt.

He has been involved with sporting and community groups and is a long-serving member of the Wodonga Rotary Club.

He has raised thousands of dollars for causes including those affected by natural disasters and the Men’s Shed.

He spent many years as a court volunteer and with Neighbourhood Watch and has been recognised for this contributions to the Albury Wodonga Continuing Education Centre, University of the Third Age and services to education.

Now in his 90s, Mr Morley is still actively out in his community and continues to volunteer his time. He is quite possibly Wodonga’s oldest and longest-serving volunteer.


Mr Quinn has been involved with the Wodonga Softball Club for more than 30 years.

During that time, he has been the head coach and coached senior and junior teams as well as coaching within the wider association, spending up to six days a week to ensure children reach their full potential in the sport.

His efforts have seen 14 players achieve state level in the past two years, assisting their training on the Border rather than having to travel to Melbourne during the week.

Mr Quinn’s nomination is in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the sport.


Our team nominations for 2019 include the 37 Cadets Unit, Community Access, Friends of Willow Park, Wodonga Hockey Committee and Wodonga Koorie Youth Network Planning Committee.


The 37 Cadets Unit is part of the Australian Army Cadets, a Commonwealth youth development program.

The unit has had up to 90 members from across the region, providing education, training and leadership experiences that address and support young people’s health and wellbeing.

The unit’s volunteers support weekly training, weekend activities and an annual camp as well as taking part in community events including Anzac Day and Relay for Life.




Community Accessability has a team of more than 35 volunteers that assist with driving, support, maintenance and administration.

The not-for-profit organisation works with clients and carers to offer services including driving community members who don’t have access to transport to medical appointments, respite, day programs and social outings.


Friends of Willow Park is dedicated to educating and involving the community in protecting, preserving and valuing parklands.

They work to develop the ecosystems in Willow Park including a native bushwalking track, protect the habitation of the large River Red Gums and enhancing the native flora and fauna in the park.

The group encourages anyone to join in their various activities that benefit the many users of this popular park.



Wodonga Hockey Committee has undertaken many hours of work to ensure hockey in Wodonga grows and is accessible to all in the community.

The committee runs school programs and fundraisers, hold come and try sessions and are involved in the community activities including Wodonga Children's Fair and community movie nights.

They developed an indoor hockey program to introduce a new sport to the city using local facilities which complements the outdoor season.



The Wodonga Koorie Youth Network Planning Committee support the Wodonga Koorie Youth Network (WYKN), a group of Koorie youth aged 12 to 25 years, that come together on a regular basis to plan, conduct and evaluate fun activities that address their priorities.

The planning committee plays a key supporting role to ensure the WYKN’s ongoing sustainability, co-ordinating planning meetings, supervising activities and mentoring young people to take leadership role.

This in turn allows the WKYN to provide a safe and supported environment where young people can influence things that are important to them while also building the capacity of future community leaders.


Head over to surveymonkey.com/r/VYA-Peopleschoice2019 to vote for your winner of the People’s Choice award for this year’s Volunteer of the Year awards.

Voting closes May 10 at noon.