Views of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Views of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Warren Lynam

Hospital volunteer nominated for prestigious award

A SUNSHINE Coast woman who coordinated the training of hundreds of volunteers for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital has been nominated for a statewide volunteering award.

Michelle Acworth will vie against thousands of others in areas from disability support to nature conservation and health for Volunteering Queensland's Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.

Elizabeth Jones, who works at the new hospital, said Michelle is "such a bright, happy personality with such keenness for her role and just loves the concept of this wonderful hospital opening on the Sunshine Coast”.

"Her team of assistance show great respect for her and she seems to have the knowledge required for the role.

"The logistics of organising the large number of volunteers to be trained and ready for all the different number of disciplines required in a hospital this size is a huge task. Michelle is accomplishing this effectively.”

Volunteering Queensland CEO Mara Basanovic said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

"These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work,” she said. "The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.

"The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Volunteering Queensland is the state peak body solely dedicated to advancing volunteering for the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.

Nominations for the awards close on 31 March 2017. Recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.



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