SA Volunteer Awards
The South Australian Volunteer Awards recognise the invaluable work volunteers, community organisations and businesses contribute to our community, through three awards.
- Joy Noble Medal
The highest distinction for individual volunteers in South Australia.
- Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
Acknowledges the invaluable contribution of South Australian businesses that lead change in our community through philanthropy, partnership and corporate volunteering.
- 'The Andamooka' Community Project Award
Recognises volunteer projects of significant community benefit.
Awards are presented at the Volunteer Thank You event on Volunteers Day, which is celebrated annually on the Queen's Birthday public holiday in June.
2019 SA volunteer award winners
Joy Noble Medal
This was awarded to Jill Chapman for her role as founder and chairperson of Minimisation of Suicide Harm (MOSH) Australia, a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation operating as a drop-in and listening centre for people whose lives have been touched by suicide. Jill has lived experience in suicide through the death of her son in 2001 and realised the need for an environment where people could come for support when they needed it. Under her leadership, the organisation continues to grow significantly with the reach of its services, volunteer numbers and visitor numbers increasing each year.
Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
Awarded to Win TV Mt Gambier and its employees, who have run the Coopers Win TV Biggest Golf day since 2006. The event has raised over $400,000 which has been donated back to support several key local community organisations including Cancer Support Groups and Foodbank Mount Gambier. In addition, the organisation has donated in excess of $400,000 in airtime to local community organisations and sporting clubs for community promotions, as well as staff volunteering at festivals and events in the Limestone Coast area each year.
'The Andamooka' Community Project Award
Awarded to the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group (SURLG). Since 1995,URLG) has been carrying out landcare activity in the area that makes up the upper reaches of the Sturt River catchment. SURLG aims to promote a landcare ethic in the local community through public awareness, practical activities, and connecting people with nature and each other. The group provides outstanding contribution to the local biodiversity conservation and ecological education, as well as demonstrated leadership and excellence in the field of community engagement and on-the-ground delivery of environmental projects.
The 2019 awards were presented by His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and the Honourable Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday 10 June.