ABOUT ALBANY & REGIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICEHELPING COMMUNITY HELP ITSELF
HOW WE CAN HELP
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.
Our Board Members
Chairperson Sue Dawes
Vice Chairperson Carolyn Graeser
Secretary Di van Clarke
Treasurer Asha Bhatt
Board Member Anne Sparrow
Board Member Carolyn Graeser
Board Member Lindsay Campbell
Manager Tracy Sleeman
Volunteer Newsletter Guru Helen Parry
Volunteer Website Maintenance Kathy Suggate
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Sue has extensive experience in submission writing and project management. Sue’s skills also include budgets, client service, marketing and report writing. Sue is 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!
Carolyn is a registered nurse currently working as a project officer in palliative care. She has many years experience working with the aged, managing people and understand the complexities of ensuring supports are available to enable people in the community. Carolyn enjoys riding her e-bike, swimming and walking her dog. “Volunteering is critical to this and I believe I can provide oversight as a board member.”
Asha leads the award-winning regional Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), which provides services and programs that address the Noongar peoples’ needs and aspirations in cooperation with other community and business organiza-tions. SAC provides services and programs in areas such as structured indigenous training and employ-ment, family violence prevention, affordable housing, healthcare support and legal services. Asha has an MBA from Kaplan Business School and holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Mathematics and Business and Pro-fessional Accounting.
Di van Clarke
Di has been living in Albany for the past 21 years where she brought up her now two teen boys. Her background in nursing led her to work in Aged Care with a specialty in dementia. Di set up the Albany Health Campus Dementia Care Volunteers program. Volunteering has always been important throughout her life, always being on a committee or providing a helping hand when she can. Currently Di volunteers at Juniper with her therapy dog Monty, supporting residents with dementia.
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 as Treasurer for Regional Development Group Great Southern.
Lindsay is a regional manager with the Department of Education, addressing school engagement for students in Government and non-Government schools. This work drives his passion for positive community engagement to benefit others allowing all community members to contribute. He is on leave for 2021 and currently sits on various Boards associated with youth at risk, volunteering and people living with a disability and barriers. He is a volunteer with Foodbank, the Belly Warmers program, Albany Men’s Shed and the Good Life Community Garden amongst other various unpaid activities.