Awarded Vol­un­teer of The Year

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Vol­un­teers from across the Syd­ney re­gion were re­cently recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to vol­un­teer­ing in NSW at a cer­e­mony in Par­ra­matta. The NSW Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards is an an­nual event run by The Cen­tre for Vol­un­teer­ing. This year, Eve­lyn Lester, Lo­cal Con­troller from NSW SES The Hills Unit was awarded 2018 NSW Adult Vol­un­teer of the Year for the re­gion.

Eve­lyn has dedicated much of the past 15 years of her life sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity dur­ing emer­gen­cies and times of need. She was se­lected as the NSW Adult Vol­un­teer of the Year for the re­gion for her role as Lo­cal SES Con­troller, and par­tic­u­larly her tire­less work to grow and de­velop the mem­ber­ship and skills base of the unit.

Eve­lyn is also a for­mer Hills Shire Coun­cil Cit­i­zen of the Year and was awarded the Emer­gency Ser­vices Medal (ESM) on Aus­tralia Day. Eve­lyn’s con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal, and wider com­mu­nity has been in­valu­able, help­ing them to be­come more re­silient and pre­pared in times of cri­sis and emer­gen­cies.

The Hills Unit has grown from 40 to over 150 mem­bers un­der Eve­lyn’s lead­er­ship, pro­vid­ing in­creased ca­pa­bil­ity to re­spond to flood, storm and sup­port re­quests across The Hills Shire Coun­cil area, across NSW and even fur­ther afield to Queens­land, Vic­to­ria and West­ern Aus­tralia. For more in­for­ma­tion about NSW SES, or to find out about vol­un­teer­ing, visit: www.ses. nsw.gov.au

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