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           Sue Dawes
Treasurer                Stan Goodman
Secretary                Di van Clarke 
Board Member       Anne Sparrow
Board Member       Kim Buttfield
Board Member       Nicky Byrne
Board Member       Stewart Bogle

Staff & Volunteers:
Manager                                            Natalie Vesey
Administration Officer                     Crystal Byrnes
Volunteer Newsletter Guru              Helen Parry
Volunteer Website Guru                  Kathy Suggate

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

Sue Dawes

Sue Dawes


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!

Stan Goodman

Stan Goodman


Stan has had extensive experience in financial analysis and management having worked in mining,
local government, and a not for profit organization.
Back in 2011, ARVS put him in contact with the Albany Community Hospice to assist with a funding
application for the new building. He subsequently became Hospice Treasurer and board member
for 5 years.
He tends to make himself useful crunching numbers, creating financial models/forecasts, and trying
to present the information in an understandable format.

Di van Clarke

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.

Kim Buttfield

Kim Buttfield

Board Member

Sport is the backbone of many rural communities, and sporting clubs are often the heart of the community.  I live and breathe sport of all kinds, it’s my life-long passion.  I have seen how rural sporting clubs, and the people who make up these clubs, positively impact regional communities.

That’s why I founded Kim Buttfield Consulting, to support sport, recreation and community groups to better manage ‘their business’ so they can spend more time doing what they love to do. KBC was established to support the incredible volunteers who daily, weekly and seasonally make sure grass roots sport is delivered and supporting volunteers is why I am now a Board member for ARVS.

I offer over 25 years of community and sport sector experience in not-for-profit governance, club planning, volunteer support, funding and community management.  A Diploma in Business Governance and a Bachelor of Applied Science support my experience, along with over 15 years as a professional sportsperson (coach and player) and nearly 20 years within the government sector.

No two clubs or communities are the same. There are many variables and challenges faced by the sport, recreation and community sector.  I am about supporting ‘the team’, working with club volunteers, and helping clubs and communities to reach their goals.

For the last 20 years, I have lived in Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia and understand that most sport and community volunteers often operate outside of normal business hours and I am here to listen and help wherever I can.

Anne Sparrow

Board Member


Natalie Vesey

Natalie Vesey


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Albany Lotteries House

Unit D22, 211 North Rd, Albany, WA


08 9841 3588