Celebrating Victoria Volunteers

On Thursday 4 October, Disability Services held their annual Victoria Volunteers celebration and awards ceremony, which celebrated the contribution of nearly 200 Volunteer note takers, team leaders, van drivers and assistant walkers and recognised the efforts of 10 outstanding volunteers.

Back row (left to right): Jessica Finley (Award-winning Assistant Walker), Sophie Mak (Award-winning Team Leader), Ella Robinson (Award-winning Note Taker), Tessa Paulin (Award-winning Note Taker), Rachael Nunn (Award-winning Note Taker), Courtney Butcher (Award-winning Note Taker), Ben Kieboom (Award-winning Note Taker).

Front row (left to right): Linda Trenberth (Vice Provost - Academic), Etta (Henrietta) Bollinger (Guest Speaker), Cat Watkins (Volunteer Coordinator, Disability Services).

Absent: Shivani Patel (Award-Winning Note Taker) and Michael Gar
Back row (left to right): Jessica Finley (Award-winning Assistant Walker), Sophie Mak (Award-winning Team Leader), Ella Robinson (Award-winning Note Taker), Tessa Paulin (Award-winning Note Taker), Rachael Nunn (Award-winning Note Taker), Courtney Butcher (Award-winning Note Taker), Ben Kieboom (Award-winning Note Taker). Front row (left to right): Linda Trenberth (Vice Provost - Academic), Etta (Henrietta) Bollinger (Guest Speaker), Cat Watkins (Volunteer Coordinator, Disability Services). Absent: Shivani Patel (Award-Winning Note Taker) and Michael Gar

Professor Linda Trenberth, Vice Provost (Academic) reaffirmed the University-wide Disability Action plan and the importance of disabled students being valued and enabled to fully participate and succeed.

She also expressed pride our University’s strong culture of volunteerism and student leadership, and presented the awards, which were sponsored by Vic Books.

The guest speaker, Etta (Henrietta) Bollinger, is a writer, disability activist and Victoria University of Wellington graduate. Etta spoke about her experiences studying as a student with disability and her identity as a proud disabled person.

The event was well-attended by staff from across the University, volunteers and their guests and whanau.

Congratulations to the award winning volunteers and thank you to all other volunteers for all they have done this year.

At this time of the year, it’s important to take time to thank academic staff, including tutors and teaching assistants, for their support and help in recruiting volunteer note takers in their classes.

In 2019, Disability Services is looking forward to again working successfully with Victoria Volunteers, and the students with disabilities who they enable.