This Award is to celebrate and recognise volunteering excellence. The inaugural Anne Hamilton Award was presented 27th October 2013 at the annual general meeting. Anne Hamilton is a life member of JOY and the Award is instituted in her name to acknowledge Anne’s embodiment of the JOY mission and values over many years, her passion for community volunteering, integrity, work ethic, the quality of her work, her enormous contribution to the organisation and the excellent example set for us all in selfless volunteering excellence.
Recipients of the Anne Hamilton Award for Volunteering Excellence are:
This year we honour Josh Pearson for the incredible amount of work he has done in supporting JOYs technology.
Josh has been a JOY volunteer since 2013. He came on board as part of the Tech Support team and has been instrumental in the ongoing maintenance of JOYs tech framework as well as a series of upgrades and implementations to continue to deliver JOYs tech solution.
During his time with Josh he has demonstrated our values with passion and enthusiasm, balancing a full time job and the role of Tech Coordinator to ensure that our presenters, staff and volunteers have access to working systems 24/7.
Josh shows fantastic leadership skills in the way he engages with our people, our sponsors and other stakeholders, never missing an opportunity to talk about the value of what JOY delivers for the LGBTI community. He consistently goes above and beyond to ensure the JOY is accessible to our programming team both in station and also out and about in the community.
Josh is also a supportive team member who is always available to help in a function that is rarely but is also committed to coaching and always looking for ways to make processes and systems easier for everyone at JOY.
Betty has been the JOY 94.9 photographer for several years and across 2014-15 has exemplified our values in all of her activities. She shows strong commitment to JOY’s diversity and strives to reflect our community in all her work.Betty is enthusiastic and respectful, and encourages others to be the same by leading by example. Betty frequently puts up her hand to take on extra tasks and is always willing to take on constructive feedback.
In the last 12 months, she has welcomed Hamish to the team and has fostered an excellent working relationship with him. In addition, she readily seeks out ways to learn more about photography and looks to incorporate new and creative ways of capturing JOY 94.9 moments.
David has been involved in the station for the past 4 years and during this time he is probably best known for bringing jazz to JOY through his popular music program ‘Bent Notes’. Behind the scenes, David has also become an an integral part of the volunteer team and has contributed greatly to the technical team, assisted with training and is a regular panel operator on site and back at the station for the many outside broadcasts JOY undertakes each year. His great attitude and easy going nature makes him a pleasure to deal with at all times. David is the ultimate quiet achiever, a fantastic all-rounder and is always willing to help out and help others and is a well deserving recipient for this prestigious station award.
Volunteering for the Radiothon Special Projects Coordinator role for 2013, bek excelled in this role alongside maintaining her regular long term commitments to JOY. She did an outstanding job, both from an admin and coordination perspective, and from a people management point of view. She was meticulous with processing, ensuring that art work was accurate for print media, T-shirt design was awesome, and people were well trained and comfortable with telephone requirements and on-air promotions.
bek made an extra effort to put to work external volunteers in newly formed roles that benefited our organisation, ensuring that we both grew as an operation, that volunteers were properly engaged for their level of expertise. The Radiothon-Volunteer Thank You Party at The Eureka and the Wrap Up party, both organised by bek, were wonderful events and successes because of her ability to plan well, problem solve and follow through independently, as well as work within a team. She worked tirelessly and proved again her undying commitment to JOY 94.9.
Avi essentially single-handedly redeveloped the JOY website, from re-design, data transfer and implementation through to on-going maintenance and content updates. Avi provided countless hours of volunteer time, with the commercial estimate of this time valued at well over $10,000. Since the new JOY website was launched in March 2013, it has enabled JOY to reach a broader audience. Another major benefit saw hosting of JOY podcasting brought in-house, so that delivery of JOY podcasts could continue and develop without relying on a third party service.
The implementation of the new website has also resulted in the diversification and up-skilling of our volunteer base, given that a greater number of potential volunteers now recognise they no longer ‘have to’ be on-air, and can support the community through other means.