Volunteer of the Year Awards

The Volunteer Awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contributions of our outstanding committee members and other volunteers. The very existence of many key programs and services depend on the generous giving of their commitment, time and expertise .

Awards criteria


There are four categories:  

  • The President's Award

Seeks to recognise an individual who, through their volunteer activities, contributes significantly to the Institute’s key strategic programs and positively impacts the reputation of the profession.

  •  The Distinguished Service Award

Recognises outstanding achievements of a member who has been an active volunteer with the Institute for more than five years and has contributed to two or more areas of volunteering activities.

  •  The Spirit of Volunteering Award

Recognises the outstanding efforts of a volunteer who is committed and passionate about their volunteering duties. Someone who consistently contributes and helps others. Committee Convenors are especially encouraged to nominate outstanding members of their committees here.

  • The Young Volunteer Achievement Award

Recognises the outstanding contributions made by volunteers aged 35 years and below and are judged based on the nominated applicants’ commitment to excellence in their chosen field of volunteering, leadership and determination to advance the profession.

Past Winners

Read about Past Winners of our Volunteer of the Year Awards across all categories, and view Photo Galleries from the Award presentations, here.