Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

This year 54 recipients were recognised including six seniors: Sheelagh Purdon, Yong Wang, Ian Cunliffe, Alison Gribble, and Irene Kelly.

Sheelagh with Minister Mikakos
Sheelagh with Minister Mikakos


Sheelagh Purdon received an Impact Award for her leadership on assisting asylum seekers with education and employment training. Her dedication and passion have a positive impact on people seeking asylum.

Yong with Minister Mikakos
Yong with Minister Mikakos


Yong Wang received an Impact Award for tutoring maths students at Glenroy Secondary College. A quiet and patient teacher, he has supported many students through their VCE – and due to his length of service, is now assisting younger siblings of previous students.

Ian with Parliamentary Secretary Williams
Ian with Parliamentary Secretary Williams


Ian Cunliffe received a Service Award for using skills as a solicitor to help public housing residents navigate the legal system and prepare for VCAT. At his local Men’s Shed he provides free legal advice twice a week.

Alison with Parliamentary Secretary Williams
Alison with Parliamentary Secretary Williams


Alison Gribble received a Service award for her 27 years as a volunteer community guardian with the Office for the Public Advocate. With a very gentle manner, Alison has assisted vulnerable people make decisions as a substitute decision maker to help them during difficult times in their lives.

Irene with Minister Mikakos
Irene with Minister Mikakos


Irene Kelly received a Leadership Award for her work with the Knox City Council to develop the Gardens for Wildlife program. A passionate gardener, Irene’s enthusiasm for the program has seen almost 800 households register to support local wildlife through planting indigenous plants.

Read more about these awards and other award winners.