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Southern cross volunteer awards 2017

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A huge congratulations to Kim Dunstan and Dianne Powell on their nominations for this year’s Southern cross volunteer awards.

Our local finalist for The Arts, Heritage and tourism Award, Dianne Powell is described as a ‘driving force’, as the unofficial curator at the not-for-profit Gallery Museum in Queenstown, Dianne is responsible for the management of this highly regarded tourist draw-card. With a passion for local history and the Galley, Dianne spends close to 20 hours every week volunteering at the Gallery. With her untiring effort to collect, conserve, curate, interpret and disseminate the family and local history of the West Coast, Dianne’s nominator says she has been vital in lifting the spirit of locals and transforming Queenstown’s economy toward sustainable heritage tourism. In addition to the eight years Dianne has spent at the Gallery, she is also a volunteer at the West Coast Community Hub where she maintains the donated collection of the Friends of the Robert Sticht Memorial Library. This award aims to recognize and reward volunteers who contribute their time informing, enriching and entertaining Tasmanians and visitors, both young and old. Tasmania has a vibrant arts culture, a fascinating past and a busy events calendar, all running with extensive volunteer support. Volunteers share their passion and Knowledge willingly, without payment, for the benefit of our community and Tasmania’s economy.

Local finalist Kim Dunstan, Nominated for the Anglicare Lifestyle Community Care and Health award is described as a ‘local West Coast legend, Kim has been recognized for her tireless effort supporting the Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair. A weekend of children and family activities, the Fair provides an economic boost to the West Coast but for Kim it’s all about putting a smile on the children’s faces. In addition to volunteering at the Fair, Kim gives her time during the year to hold fundraisers and connect with local businesses to ensure the Fair’s success. Kim has been a dedicated volunteer for the Fair for 14 years, and as someone who ‘keeps on keeping on’ she also finds time to be a member of the Granville Harbour Coastal Care group. This award is dedicated to those volunteers who willingly donate their time, skills and compassion towards helping citizens in our community who need extra assistance with daily living, and to those volunteers that support fundraising efforts for their community-focused organisation 

We wish both nominees the very best of luck today and look forward to finding out the results. For more information on the Southern Cross news Tasmania volunteer awards and to see all of the nominees Click here.

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