ACT Volunteer of the Year 2015 Awards

on 15 May 2015 

Bush Heritage Volunteer Ellie Sobey was last night awarded 'Volunteer of the Year 2015 - Arts and Environment' at the Volunteering ACT awards night.

Over 350 people gathered at the AIS Arena to celebrate Canberra’s volunteer workforce at the 2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards, which are proudly sponsored by Beyond Bank Australia.

Maureen Cane, CEO Volunteering and Contact ACT, said, ‘We received a record 83 nominations this year of outstanding quality, making the judges lives very hard. We had nominations spanning the entire range of volunteering activity from assisting young people to visit their parents in prison, lending out lawn mowers and monitoring rabbits! We are thrilled to be publicly honouring our local volunteers in celebration of National Volunteer Week'.

Bush Heritage are honoured and privileged to have skilled and passionate volunteers across the country and Volunteering ACT offered us the opportunity to come together and celebrate Volunteer Week last night in Canberra.

We nominated Ellie Sobey for her Ecological Outcomes Monitoring, Brett Howland for his Reptile Surveys of Scottsdale, our rabbit warren patrol team (Ralph Farnbach, Peter Gloag, Justin Kell and Ellie Sobey) for their ongoing and successful rabbit patrols and our macropod monitoring team (Joss Haiblen, Trish McDonald, Peter Hann, Paul Davies and Julie Crawford) for their amazing involvement, data collection and engagement of other volunteers in their monitoring programs.

Ellie Sobey was announced as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year in the Arts and Environment category for her outcomes monitoring in our south-east reserves. Ellie has been instrumental in providing valuable data to support our conservation work. 

This was a wonderful night of celebration and it was summed up afterwards by Paul Davies when he said ‘Bush Heritage respects and honours the skills and experience of their volunteers and allows us to do what we love, along with our friends, to make a valuable contribution and difference to the Australian Bush’.

Congratulations Ellie and thank-you to all of our incredible volunteers. We hope you've enjoyed National Volunteer Week 2015.