LOCAL volunteers such as Barbara Nannipieri (left), who is deputy chair of Myrtleford Community and Health Advisory Group, and Julie Kilpatrick (right) a Myrtleford volunteer driver, pictured with Alpine Health community participation officer Kate Duff, were recognised for their efforts at an event at the Red Stag Deer Restaurant on Wednesday. About 140 people attended the National Volunteer Week celebration which included a number of presentations including the awarding of the Bernece Delany Award.
MT BEAUTY’S Trish Cross has been named this year’s recipient of the Bernece Delany Award for the many hours she dedicates to assisting others.
The award recognises an individual who exemplifies the tireless generosity of volunteering in caring for their community and who selflessly gives their time and talent.
Ms Cross volunteers for numerous groups and organisations including the Office of the Public Advocate and as member of the Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association.
She is an active volunteer with the Australian Red Cross Society and has been a member of the local Tawonga Branch of Red Cross, helping with fundraising activities and providing assistance in the local community when required as well as being a part of the Alpine Emergency Services team and a volunteer with Alpine Health as a Community Health Advisory Group (CHAG) member.
In her role with CHAG, Ms Cross represents a consumer voice and assists Alpine Health to engage with and involve consumers in decisions about service operations, planning and policy development to help improve the quality and safety of health care.
Adding to that, for the past 10 years Ms Cross has volunteered with the Kangaroo Hoppet international ski race as a member of the organising committee and attends regular weekly planning meetings.
She is in charge of the merchandising for the event and she organises a roster of volunteers to man the Hoppet Shop in the week leading up to the race.
Alpine Health Board of Management deputy chair Christine Walker said Ms Cross was a very worthy recipient of the Bernece Delany Award.
“Trish represents the generosity of volunteers in our community,” she said.
“She is a volunteer who cares about her community, is devoted to supporting and improving services to people including older people and people with disabilities.”
COMMUNITY MINDED: Alpine Health CEO Lyndon Seys and board of management deputy chair Christine Walker congratulate Trish Cross (centre) on receiving the Bernece Delany Award.