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
Vice Chairperson Sue Dawes
Secretary Vicki Ayliffe
Treasurer Asha Bhatt
Board Member Benita Catalini
Board Member Judy Williams
Manager Tracy Sleeman
Volunteer Sandra (Sam) Downs
If you wish to apply for a vacancy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ChairpersonAnne 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 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
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 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
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.