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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.

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