Volunteers are the sunshine & soul of our community.


Our Services

We can provide Community and not for profit groups with information and advice on resource material, best pratice, risk management, board and governance, rights and responsibilities, recongnition, insurance, job description templates, grants information, management information, Police and Working with Children Clearance Information.

About our services

  • are free of charge
  • provide information about volunteering opportunitites
  • match volunteers’ skills and interests with community groups in need of committed helpers
  • can help community organisations by subsidising training opportunities for both volunteers and managers
  • can assist in matching businesses with organisations
  • provide free training for volunteers, organisations and corporate/business
  • help with the promotion of businesses, providing newsletters and invitations to event.

Who can use us?

Any not-for-profit community group with the appropriate volunteer insurance and volunteering principles can use the services.


To build strong links with the community; connect and form relationshops between groups looking for volunteers and people wanting to volunteer; help not-for-profit community organisations reach their full potential; and get people involved with their community


Albany Regional Volunteer Service holds volunteer recognition events twice a year. Organisations are  encouraged to participate by passing on our invitation to their volunteers, or become involved by holding their own events, running projects or in any other way.


Volunteers are not a special breed of people, they are just like you, except they have taken the step to volunteer. That’s what makes them special. If it wasn’t for the work and generosity of volunteers, community organisations would cease to exisit.

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Our Board Members

Chairperson           Anne Sparrow
Vice Chairperson  Sue Dawes
Secretary                Vicki Ayliffe 
Treasurer                Asha Bhatt
Board Member       Benita Catalini
Board Member       Judy Williams

Staff Members
Manager                Tracy Sleeman
Volunteer              Sandra (Sam) Downs

If you wish to apply for a vacancy please contact volstaff@arvs.org.au.

Anne Sparrow

Anne Sparrow


Anne Sparrow is the Albany Manager for Green Skills. She has lived in Albany for the past 3 years after moving down from Jerramungup with her two daughters. Her role includes working with local governments, businesses and the community to deliver projects with conservation and sustainable living outcomes for the Great Southern region. Anne was previously employed for nine years as the Executive Officer for the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, working with farmers, local government and community groups to achieve projects within the Jerramungup region. Anne has extensive environmental networks with experience and skills in on-ground project planning. Anne’s current volunteer activities include Albany Surf Lifesaving Club. Bushcarers and is the Treasurer for Regional Development Group Great Southern
Sue Dawes

Sue Dawes

Vice Chairperson

Sue has extensive experience in submission writing and project management. Sue’s skills also include budgets, client service, marketing and report writing.  Sue is a client focused and team orientated with outstanding  financial management skills and experience to compliment these tasks.

Sue’s most enjoyable talent is the ability to help people (in any way I can) it saves her from all the madness! J

Asha Bhatt

Asha Bhatt


Vicki Ayliffe

Vicki Ayliffe


Vicki is an trained Office Administrator but has a diverse range of skills from Receptionist, Personal Assistant, Events Planner and Dressmaker. A keen volunteer in art and drama, Vicki has had experience in script writing, designing and making costume, set design and stage direction. Vicki has also taught arts and crafts to all ages from 5-80 years old.
Vicki is new to the Albany area and looking forward to making new friends and getting involved in the community.

Benita Catalini

Benita Catalini

Committee Member

Benita Cattalini has more than 25 years experience in leadership roles in Commonwealth and State Governments, Community and Private Sector. Her experience and roles include:

  • Senior Executive in Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and State Government agencies
  • International Development – Organisational Development Advisor in Timor-Leste
  • Change Manager and Community Development Facilitator (Proprietor of her own consultancy)
  • Coach (Executive, Individual and Team)
  • IAP2 practitioner

Teacher and Lecturer

Benita also completed the Colloquium 2014 and the advanced course at the Cranlana Institute in Melbourne in 2016

Her major awards:

  • Winner of a team award for 2002 International Community Development Society – Most Innovative Rural Programs-Progress Rural WA
  • Agriculture WA team award for Public Sector Delivery of Service to the community 2001
  • Nomination for the WA Women’s Rural Leadership Award 1999


Judy Williams

Judy Williams

Committee Member

These days Judy is  supposedly officially retired, but still finds herself  extraordinarily busy using the many skills and qualifications she gained in her 48 years of teaching: firstly Home Economics and then Workplace Learning and Career Counselling. Judy’s passions are history and gardening, so not surprisingly Judy found herself volunteering at Old Farm Strawberry Hill and then last year was appointed the Volunteer Coordinator. Along the way Judy has been a school development officer, written education and training and assessment manuals and been a project manager in the private sector. For many years she was involved with the family Technical Writing company and still produce many documents to facilitate organisation and edit the occasional PhD thesis. Judy has been on the committee for the past five years and finds it to be a pleasure and privilege.

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Get in Touch

Albany Lotteries House, Unit D22, 213-217 North Road, Albany, WA

08 9841 3588