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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Devotion to others a winner Shu Fen Wang (front) with the other nominees and Inner-West Weekly editor Robyn Ainsworth and The Glebe editor James Tremain. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP218927 SHU Fen Wang has been named the 2008 Inner West Volunteer of the Year and is in the running for NSW Volunteer of the Year which will be announced at a gala cer- emony on Friday at Parliament House. Ashfield's Mrs Wang has de- voted her time to the West Region Chinese Association for 10 years. She has been actively involved in efforts to assist Chinese mi- grants in western Sydney become more accustomed to and involved in Australian life. She has also been responsible for organising a number of multicultural social and edu- cational activities for the associ- ation. In 1998, she proposed forming a choir, which now has 60 singers, and has participated in several major performances at locations such as the Sydney Opera House. She has also promoted the par- ticipation of migrants in environ- mental protection such as Clean Up Australia Day. West Region Chinese Associ- ation nominator, Karin Cheung, said Ms Wang was highly involved in assisting members with their day-to-day tasks. ''Mrs Wang has devoted her heart of love to the service of the large number of elderly Asian background residents in Inner West Sydney and has made a great contribution to multiculturalism in Australia,'' Ms Cheung said. Dianne Keller was named the Inner West Senior Volunteer of the Year. Peter Kadwell, of Interrelate Family Centres, nominated Ms Keller for her volunteering activi- ties for the Rainbows Program for children aged five to 17 experienc- ing grief and loss resulting from family separation/divorce or death. Ms Keller is a volunteer facilitator and a director of Rain- bows. As a facilitator, she is a ''loving listener'' to children who are suffering grief. Mr Kadwell said Ms Keller is ''passionate about building chil- dren's self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities to cope with life's trials and tribulations''. Ms Keller works tirelessly and devotes four hours a week for four terms of seven weeks as well as nine full days to train new volun- teers. She arrives every day with a smile even though she is chal- lenged by her physical limitations. Josh Rogers, who moved from Queensland to Balmain this year, was named the 2008 Sydney Inner West Youth Volunteer of the Year for his work with Scouts Australia and World Youth Day. Nominees help the community OTHER nominees for the Inner West Region were: Christopher Annison, of Concord, for his work with Concord Burwood Football Club, particularly as coach of the under-8 mini league. Jackie Clark, of Pyrmont, for her work with the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Dora Eisenberg, of Leichhardt, for her work with Sydney Cancer Centre. Lynne Jones, of Ashfield, for her work in Garden Care, which creates safe gardens for elderly, frail or disabled people. Geoffrey Lean, of Dulwich Hill, for his work at RPA. Peter McGhee, of Canada Bay, helps the Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club for people with an intellectual disability. He is coach and manager of Canada Bay Indoor Soccer Club. Louise Millar, of Annandale, is involved every month with fundraising stalls at the Volunteer Shop at RPA Hospital. Lois Michel, of Concord, for her 39 years of work for the Concord Heritage Society. Daryl Morris, of Newtown, helps The Wilderness Society. Leyla Nassif, a musician, of Lilyfield, for her work with Rozelle Public School. Graeme Wilson, of Strathfield, for his work as a volunteer guide at Old Government House and Experiment Farm for nine years.
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