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RDA National Volunteer Awards


2017 Volunteer Awards
 
Important dates for nominations for RDAA 2017 National Volunteer Awards
  • May 31 Invitations open to RDA Centres and States to nominate volunteers
  • July 31 Nominations to State Office close
  • August 31 Nominations for National Awards to be submitted to the National office
  • TBA - Awards Presentation Dinner
RDA Australia depends almost entirely on the efforts of some 3,000 volunteers throughout the country to assist with the delivery of programs, administer centres and care for the horses on who so much depends.

Each year, RDA Australia holds its National Volunteer Awards Dinner to honour those volunteers without whom the organisation simply could not function.
 
Each State office is responsible for nominating one person from their State for each award to the National Office. A panel of judges (comprised of one RDA Australia Life Member, on RDA Australia Board Member and one independent member) will then choose the recipient for each National Award.
 
Young Volunteer of the Year Award
Criteria:
  • RDA registered volunteers under 18 years of age at 1 January for the year of nomination
  • Nominees must have between 1 to 5 years of service with RDA at a Centre and/or State level
  • The young volunteer must have made an outstanding contribution to their RDA Centre.  this may include regular attendance, willingness to accept different roles and responsibilities, pride in what they do and an eagerness to learn and apply their knowledge within RDA.
  • The young volunteer must have demonstrated outstanding customer service.  This may include their ability to relate well to riders, coaches and other volunteers.
  • The volunteer must be enthusiastic about RDA and spread the good word among their peers and/or members of the public.
    Volunteer Encouragement Award
    Criteria:
    • RDA registered volunteers over 18 years of age at 1 January for the year of nomination.
    • Nominees must have between 1 to 5 years of service with RDA at a Centre level.
    • The volunteer must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to their local RDA Centre.  The nomination must include an outline of the nominee's activities, ideas and/or expertise that has made a significant impact on the quality of service offered by RDA at their Centre.
    Volunteer Service Excellence Award
    Criteria:
    • RDA registered volunteers over 18 years of age at 1 January for the year of nomination.
    • Length of distinguished service will be considered for volunteers over 5 years of service, however, higher weightings will be applied by judging panels for nominees with length of service over 10 years.
    • The volunteer must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to RDA which is above and beyond the expectations of normal duties.  The nomination form must include an outline of the nominee's activities, ideas and/or expertise that has made a significant impact on the quality of service offered by RDA at their Centre and/or at a State level.

    Michael Field Memorial Award
     
    The Michael Field Memorial Award is the most prestigious national volunteer award offered by RDA Australia and is in honour of Michael Field's dedication to RDA and his vision to link Centres through coordinated State and National Associations.  From 1970, Michael devoted his life to the development of RDA and his tenacity, determination, commitment and selflessness created the foundations of today's organisation.  Nominees in this category should reflect the same values and commitment towards a harmonious, collaborative organisation.  Their contribution should reflect activities at all three levels of the RDA organisation - Centre, State and National levels.
     
    Criteria:
    • RDA registered volunteers over 18 years of age at 1 January for the year of nomination.
    • Length of distinguished service of 10 years or more.
    • The volunteer must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to RDA which is above and beyond the expectations of normal duties and includes contributions at a Centre, State and National level.
    • The volunteer has demonstrated commitment to RDA as a national organisation, participating in activities and sharing skills and expertise not only at a local level but also outside of their RDA Centre and State Association.  National recognised activities may include participating in delegations to national committees, boards and working parties; involvement in planning/participating in national events, workshops or competitions; training, mentoring and supporting coaches and volunteers both inside their own State and interstate; assistance with development of national policies and procedures; general support of RDA programs across Australia.
     
    2016 Volunteer Awards
     

    We had another fantastic turn out at this years National Volunteer Awards Dinner, held again at Morphettville Junction in South Australia.

    With special guests from Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Moore Stephens Auditors and Volunteering SA&NT and guest speaker, Katherine Walmsley from Jurox Australia, the night was a fantastic celebration of volunteers and the work they do for Riding for the Disabled all around the country.

    Kimberly provided information about the ongoing relationship between Jurox and RDA, including the fantastic sponsorship program and the honour of being part of the 2016 Awards Panel.

    The Award Presentations were the highlight of the night!  The Young Volunteer Award was again sponsored by HorseWyse Magazine, Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers, continued their sponsorship of the Volunteer Encouragement Award and Arch Insurance came on board to sponsor the Volunteer Service Excellence Award.

    Congratulations again to all of our winners, as well as all of the nominees – you are all an inspiration!

    Thanks to everyone on the judging panel (Marguerite Francis, RDAA Life Member, Nadia Dean, RDAA Board Member and Kimberly Walmsley, Jurox), our special guests and sponsors.
    Nominations for the 2017 awards open on May 31, 2017.
     

    Young Volunteer of the Year

    Cassandra Evans
    Presented by Kimberly Walmsley, Jurox


     
    Volunteer Encouragement Award
    Bobbi Dingle

    Presented by Renee Morris and Kathryn Halliday, Arthur J Gallagher


     

    Volunteer Service Excellence

    Pamela Clarke
    Presented by Nadia Dean, RDAA Board Member
     
     
      Michael Field Memorial Award
    Mary Longden
    Presented by Pauline Perry and Sally Francis (2013 and 2015 Michael Field Award Winners)
     
     
    Past Award Winners
     
    2015
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Chantel Stanbury (SA)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Jordan Bush (TAS)
    Volunteer Service Excellence: Vicki James (NT)
    Michael Field Memorial Award: Rachel Vincent (SA) & Sally Francis (VIC)

    2014
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Emily Lydeamore-Walker (QLD)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Lois Evans (TAS)
    Volunteer Service Excellence: Cherie Weatherall (QLD) & George Holroyd (SA)
    Michael Field Memorial: Judith van Unen (National)
     
    2013
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Tyler Harris (NT)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Claudia Nevah (TAS)
    Michael Field Memorial: Pauline Perry (TAS)

    2012
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Samantha Pearn (SA)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Cherie Freeman (SA)
    Michael Field Memorial: John Dent (QLD)

    2011
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Maggie O'Moore (SA)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Christine O'Neill (WA)
     
    2010
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Heidi Torrens (QLD)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Geoffrey Martin (SA)
    Michael Field Memorial: Katy Ash (QLD)
     
    2009
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Tara Poulton (NT)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Michelle Leach (SA)
    Michael Field Memorial: Jenny Stidston (VIC)
     
    2008
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Christine Manzanelli (WA)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Mark Lloyd (WA)
    Michael Field Memorial: Ross Goulden (WA)
     
    2007
    Young Volunteer of the Year: Damion Astbury (VIC)
    Volunteer Encouragement: Sandy Fuller (SA)
    Michael Field Memorial: Stephen Datson (SA)