Far West LHD volunteer named NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year Award

The Far West Local Health District has congratulated Ms Eleanor Blows who was named the 2015 Senior Volunteer of the Year at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards held at a gala event in Sydney last Friday.

The award was presented by The Centre for Volunteering in recognition of Eleanor’s volunteering efforts on behalf of the Broken Hill community and for her role as an Aqua Volunteer Leader with the Far West LHD Aqua classes.

Eleanor Blows NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year WEB SIZED

Eleanor Blows has been named 2015 Senior Volunteer of the Year by the Centre for Volunteering. (Photo courtesy of The Centre for Volunteering).

A volunteer for 30 years, Eleanor’s contribution to the community includes being instrumental in getting the mobile breast cancer bus to Broken Hill to provide screenings for all women in the remote region and organising a breadth of community events for White Ribbon Day for the prevention of domestic violence, as well as International Women’s Day events annually.

Eleanor was joined at the Awards ceremony by fellow volunteers for the Far West LHD and state finalists: Karen Kemp, in the Adult Volunteer Category, Lesley Sumsion representing the Dementia/Delirium & Palliative Care Team and Mary Leehane, Excellence in Volunteer Management.

Each of Far West LHD finalists faced very tough competition as there were 19 other outstanding volunteers in each of the first three categories and two teams in the volunteer management category.

Karen, Lesley, Eleanor and Mary were pleased and honoured to be included with such distinguished volunteers, teams and management teams and extremely proud to be in Sydney representing Far West LHD.

Far West LHD also acknowledges with thanks the sponsorship by Rex Airlines of two return flights to Sydney for the volunteers to attend the Awards.

NSW Volunteer of Year Awards WEB SIZED

Far West LHD Award winners and finalists (left to right):  Eleanor Blows; Mary Leehane, The Hon John Ajaka, NSW Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Multiculturalism, Karen Kemp, Lesley Sumsion and Gemma Rygate, CEO The Centre for Volunteering. (Photo courtesy of The Centre for Volunteering).

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