PCYC Queensland celebrates National Volunteer Week 2019

One of PCYC Queensland’s most valuable assets is our volunteers, and as part of National Volunteer Week 2019 we would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers for the continuous demonstration of your commitment to sharing in our values.

National Volunteer Week gives organisations like PCYC Queensland a chance to recognise the immense contribution you make to the organisation and ultimately your local community. The communities that PCYC Queensland work with are so much more enriched with support from our volunteers.

The past year has seen our volunteer programs and individuals deservingly recognised in local and international awards, which goes to show the quality of the work volunteers contribute to and the programs you assist to run though our clubs and communities across the state.

  • Asha Lawrence: Young Citizen of the Year Award for Bowen
  • Conor (Torres Shire ESC): QFES Meritorious Service Medal
  • Emily Ireland: Youth Volunteer of the Year Queensland 2018
  • Jack (Childers ESC): QFES Medal of Recognition
  • John (Biggenden ESC): Young Citizen of the Year
  • Kaitlin Barwick: Australia Day Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year Award 2019
  • Meechum Philpott : Mackay Senior Sports Person of the Year
  • Moira (Biggenden ESC): Finalist, Citizen of the Year
  • Ruth (Toowoomba ESC): Indigenous Citizen of the Year
  • Skye (Tara ESC): Young Citizen of the Year and Women and Firefighting Australasia Youth Award Recipient 2019
  • Su (Cooroora ESC): QFES Medal of Recognition
  • Sue (Wolffdene ESC): Finalist, Citizen of the Year and Frank Menz Memorial Award Finalist
  • Trent Dyson: Mackay Citizen of the Year

Now at over 3,300 volunteers, our volunteer growth speaks volumes about PCYC Queensland’s ongoing community engagement reach and strong culture. What is encouraging, is that more than 700 volunteers are aged under 18 and are willing to help their community while developing new skills to become potential leaders of the future. For those of you who are fostering our young volunteers, we hope that you recognise the value in building the next generation, and your mentoring efforts are truly appreciated.

Volunteer Spotlight: Kaitlin Barwick

Kaitlin recently celebrated an amazing achievement, being awarded the 2019 Australia Day Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year! As a member of PCYC Gold Coast for more than two years, Kaitlin has developed her confidence, leadership skills and enthusiasm through her participation in the Youth Leadership Team, Duke of Edinburgh’s (DoE) International Award and numerous community fundraising initiatives.

Having completed her Gold and Silver DoE Awards in 12 months, Kaitlin has also completed a 100km cycling event for multiple sclerosis, represented Australia in ITU World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast and represented her school at a regional and state level within triathlon, cross country and AFL.

On achieving this award Kaitlin said “I want to thank PCYC Gold Coast for everything you have done for me over the past couple of years, it was your help that helped get me this award. Thank you so much, I am so honoured.”

Kaitlin is also looking forward to participating with her youth team members in PCYC embRACE, the ultimate fun challenge for all ages featuring giant inflatable obstacles and activities over a 2.5km course on Sunday, 9 June.

“I am excited to be participating in PCYC embRACE, it is a fantastic team building opportunity that allows us to fundraise for the valuable programs PCYC Gold Coast delivers, and have fun with likeminded people in our community,” she said.

Register now, support your local club, or volunteer for PCYC embRACE now!