Congratulations to President Barbara Ward

Barbara Ward, President of the Nutrition Australia National Board was awarded with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for her volunteer contributions in the community on Wednesday 21 May 2014. This was part the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week which was launched to recognise the contribution of volunteers in NSW.

Apart from a very demanding day job, Barbara has generously given up her time to “do good” in the community for the past 21 years. From helping homeless people, cooking for older people, reaching out to people in need, teaching Sunday school at St John’s at Gordon and scriptures at Gordon East Primary school to simply raising millions of dollars for various charities/worthy causes, including overseas aid. Barbara is a Rotarian and sits on a number of Charity/Not-For-Profit Boards where she uses her skills to help raise their profile and turning these organisations into sustainable and viable businesses that benefit our community.

In accepting her award Barbara said she was humbled. “I am passionate about our community and committed to helping people who are not so fortunate – a small act of kindness goes a long way. I don’t do it for the recognition, I just love making people happy – it’s a privilege”.

The celebration was attended by 200 guests along with a number of Members of Parliament. National Volunteer Week is a chance for the community to celebrate the powerful contribution that volunteers make to our lives. Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said the Government’s $30,000 contribution to the award fund is recognition of the importance of volunteering in NSW.

“This year our State’s [NSW] $2 million plus volunteers will make a contribution worth an estimated $5 billion to our economy. Volunteers are the lifeblood of so many facets of our society, including aged care, emergency services, environmental management, healthcare, sport and tourism – all of which simply could not operate effectively without them."


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