Volunteer Best Practice
Reports and stories about volunteering at its best, and the people who make it happen!
The Foundations of Best Practice
We recommend best practice volunteer management.
Best practice ensures consistency and allows for an established framework to refer to.
The Best of the Best
Challenged by her local church to turn $100 into something meaningful to help others, Katrina Beutel launched the Pink Pamper Pack project in 2008. Katrina’s idea was to provide two packs each week to women struggling through difficult times. Less than three years later, Katrina had distributed nearly 600 packs and established the Redland Centre for Women to empower and connect women in her local area. Today, Katrina leads a group of passionate volunteers, drives the distribution of Pink Pamper Packs, and oversees an education program which helps first time young mums, encourages women to set goals, and to live their best lives. Katrina also spearheads large fundraising events, including a women’s expo which has attracted more than 1,100 women.
In 2014 Katrina was a State Finalist in the Australia’s Local Hero section of the Australian of the Year Awards
Together with her partner, Katrina runs QORF Green Circle Member Redlands Kayak Tours, a finalist in the 2014 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards for the Brisbane City Council Outstanding Achievement Award (Organisation)
Katrina is an inspiring example of how one person can make a difference.
Congratulations to Backyard Legend Day winner – Rebecca Cross, from Wallabi Point NSW!
Nominated by Danielle Burgess, Danielle says that Rebecca Cross is her hero! Danielle is a mother of three young children, a full-time student and suffers from a chronic bone marrow disease, which means she struggles to keep her house and yard in order. Rebecca always comes to Danielle’s aid when needed, constantly maintaining the backyard and fixing things around the house.
Over the last three years, Rebecca has fixed the washing machine and fridge, mowed the lawns, weeded and pruned, converted an old shed into a cubby house for the kids, installed a pool slide and removed an old brick barbecue. Rebecca has also built a swing set, sourced and purchased furniture, replaced a towel rack and re-plastered the wall, cleaned out the garage, made Book Week costumes for the children and even taken the cat to the vet. Rebecca has cared for Danielle and her children, looking after the kids when Danielle desperately needed a break. Danielle says the list of things that Rebecca has done for her and her family is endless!
Rebecca is a single mother herself and Danielle says that she has truly gone beyond the call of duty as a selfless backyard legend. Danielle wants Rebecca to know understand the gratitude she has towards her and that one day she might get the recognition for being a genuinely amazing human being
Finalist in the Queensland Government Encouraging Participation Award 2016
Felicity Crosato’s leadership qualities and proven results in club development – her own club, Range Runners Orienteers has grown from only a few members to the second largest in Queensland – program development, training and map production led to her election as President of Orienteering Queensland in 2016. Recent key developments have included the introduction of orienteering into the Sporting Schools program, the 2016 Australian Orienteering Championship carnival and a strategic plan aimed at increasing participation in the sport.
Felicity’s professional qualities, ethical standards and example, enthusiasm and praise for others who assist and work with her are exemplary.
Winner of the Queensland Government Award for Outstanding Achievement (Individual) 2016
Dave McLeod is a passionate believer in the benefits of outdoor recreation. Through his work with the Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group, the Bicentennial National Trail, the Maryborough Special School and the Duke of Edinburgh Award he is a generous supporter and trainer of young people. Key achievements to note include writing the BNT Weekenders, serving on the BNT Mapping Committee, mentoring an outdoor recreation team to work for students with disabilities; and training and leading adventurous journeys. Although now retired, Dave is completing his bushwalking qualifications to continue his Duke of Edinburgh work, has recently cycled 350 km of the BNT and still regularly contributes to the Tracks magazine.