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IRT Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Giving Back Community Positive Ageing Retirement Stories Volunteer Connectedness
08 July 2018

To celebrate National Volunteer Week 2018 (21-27 May) IRT recognised its volunteers by launching an annual Volunteer Awards. Winners were announced in each of IRT's six regions.

IRT Volunteer of the Year Award winner 2018 - Illawarra, Judy Bertinato.

Judy Bertinato – Illawarra

Judy has supported the IRT William Beach Gardens Lifestyle Community since moving in 12 years ago.

For every new resident, Judy has personally baked them a cake and welcomed them into their new home. She also gives them information about the Community and her contact details.

Judy’s voluntary work has helped residents stay connected, access services and overcome difficulties.

Her contribution is priceless.

Jim and Jenny Cottle – Shoalhaven

Jim drives the Care Centre bus and Jenny provides support by assisting passengers to navigate their way around shopping centres and clubs and helps them on and off the bus.

This dynamic duo has built friendships with IRT residents, and through that friendship they have provided them with ongoing physical and emotional support. They are dedicated to the needs of each individual.

IRT Volunteer of the Year award winner - Shoalhaven, Jim and Jenny Cottle.
IRT Volunteer of the Year Award winner - ACT, Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia.

Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia – ACT

Members of Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia visit residents at IRT Kangara Waters that are socially isolated or at risk of social isolation and loneliness.

They plan and implement a wide range of meaningful activities for residents on weekends.

They also participate in a meal assistance program to support residents who have a reduced ability to feed themselves due to physical and cognitive challenges.

Dr Graham Thomas – Eurobodalla

Dr Thomas has been volunteering his dental services to IRT Dalmeny since 2014.

He has performed over 200 procedures on residents including extractions, scale and polish, restorations and fluoride treatments. Dr Thomas treats residents at IRT Dalmeny’s on-site dental clinic.

Dr Thomas shows great empathy towards his patients and always takes the time to chat about the ‘old days’. His gentle manner proves to be an asset when dealing with residents’ cognitive impairments and health.

IRT Volunteer of the Year award winner - Eurobodalla, Dr Graham Thomas.

Graeme Rowe – Queensland

Graeme volunteers at least 20 hours a week to a variety of groups including the Salvation Army.

He is President Mentor of the Kawana Waters Probus Club and also manages the local community library.

Graeme is also a qualified Justice of the Peace, giving his time to the local hospital and IRT Parklands Lifestyle Community.

His voluntary work allows residents and their families to make informed decisions.

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