COTA Victoria warmly congratulates Ruth Hosking, who has been awarded the Order of Australia for her volunteer services to the Bendigo community. As part of COTA Victoria’s peer education team, Ruth delights in helping others by proving clarity in complex and emotional times.
For Peter Thomas, 78, retirement hasn’t meant the end of a lifelong passion for television and radio. After an extraordinary broadcasting career, Peter was drawn to volunteer as a presenter for GDR95.7fm Golden Days Radio, a unique community broadcasting station run for and by seniors.
As Australians reach retirement age, many use their new-found time to volunteer. There’s no doubt that the community benefits —but so do volunteers themselves, who gain skills, friendships and a renewed sense of purpose.
COTA Victoria congratulates volunteer and hardworking dementia advocate Anne Tudor, who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service. We also congratulate Maree McCabe, Dr Gerard Naughtin and Chris Reidy.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations, especially in the not-for-profit sector. COTA Victoria couldn’t have survived 70 years – and indeed, would not have even started – if it weren’t for dedicated people volunteering their time and skills to advocate on behalf of older Victorians.
In 2021, the theme of National Volunteer Week is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine. To recognise some of our amazing volunteers, we asked them to tell us about the work they do across the organisation to promote opportunities for and protect the rights of older Victorians.
Volunteers are vital for the success of our programs and services across Victoria.
In recognition of International Volunteer Day on December 5, we talked with three of our long-serving volunteers about their work with COTA Victoria.
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