The annual Volunteer of the Year Awards celebrated the numerous supporters who work tirelessly for the ANZA community.
The winners of the Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017 with the Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Bruce Gosper, New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Dr. Jonathan Austin, Charities Patron Antonia Kidman, ANZA President PJ Roberts & ANZA Vice-President Adam Martin.
Over 200 volunteers from the ANZA community attended the seventh Volunteer of the Year Awards hosted by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Bruce Gosper this week. Canapés, cheers-ing and a compère to charm the room all led to a great evening celebrating those who often go unsung.
The annual event provides an opportunity to shine a light on the dedicated volunteers from the wide range of ANZA groups; from the sporting field, to the tours of Singapore; from talent-sharing committees, to the tireless charity work and our various interest groups. Winners are nominated and awarded, but it truly is an evening of celebrating the community that gives back to the Lion City.
And this year’s event rang true to form.
Having reached for a glass of wine, a handful of light bites – guests made short work of the short ribs – and listened to students from the AIS serenade the crowd, it was onto the main event.
ANZA President PJ Roberts, freshly flown back in from Bangkok, took to the stage to welcome everyone and act as master of ceremonies. Then the roll of honour was read through with winners taking to the podium for ‘thank yous’ and congratulations from Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Bruce Gosper and New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Dr. Jonathan Austin, as well as the charities patron, Antonia Kidman. Virginia Soh, winner of the ANZA Action in the Community Award dedicated her trophy to all the volunteers, which mirrored the feeling in the room of support for all groups and charities.
As ever, this year’s VOYA was a great example of ANZA’s effect on the greater Singapore community as the ANZA President summed up: “It is everyone in this room that drives ANZA,” PJ Roberts said. “Thank you to everyone and keep up the exceptional volunteering work.”
The Australian High Commissioner to Singapore Award: Steven Wong
The New Zealander High Commissioner to Singapore Award: Craig Norwood
The Outstanding Contribution to ANZA Award: Cara D’Avanzo
The Leadership Award: Christopher Brown
The ANZA Action in the Community Award: Virginia Soh
The ANZAC Spirit Award: Janine Furlong & Michelle Wheeler
The ANZA President’s Award: Alp Altun
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