The Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards were created to recognise the incredible impact volunteers have across Victoria in building our communities, services, and connections. All awardees were honoured at a special presentation ceremony at Government House yesterday, Sunday 1 December 2019. Awards were presented in the service, impact, leadership and teamwork categories.
Malaysian-born, Seddon resident, Gary Lee was presented with a Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award (leadership); the state’s most prestigious awards recognising volunteers for the vital role they play in building stronger, healthier and more connected communities in Victoria. Forever devoted to volunteering, Gary has committed his life to giving back – connecting communities through platforms like sport, performing arts, music and fashion. He never switches off. He constantly finds inventive ways to encourage more people to support causes and bring visibility to the diverse groups he works with.
On an advocacy front, Gary is an as Ambassador for multiple organisations including Welcoming Australia, Bully Zero Australia Foundation, AFL Community Multicultural Program and Melbourne Victory. As the Founder and Chief Choreographer of his dance crews PoisE’n and PoisE’n Bollypop, he continues to use dance as a platform to promote diversity and cross cultural understanding.
Gary is an impact-driven community leader and has volunteered consistently (in the last 5-6 years alone) for the Moroccan Children’s Appeal, Africa Day Australia, the African Music and Cultural Festival, Miss Latina Australia, the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, just to name a few.
Whether he is helping sick children, students or refugees, Gary’s passion is always for people.
In 2016, he was presented the Australia Day Council ‘New Australian of the Year’ and the ‘AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year’ awards.
(Gary Lee – firstname.lastname@example.org | +61422 838 880)
Leadership awards Leaders are the people that bring others together, that set the path, that can identify a way through to solve an issue, improve a service, or connect the dots. They’re the ones that not only create change, but bring others on the journey with them. Leaders occur at all levels of an organisation, not just those in formal leadership positions! Do you know someone who has established or improved or grown a service, engaged others and built a team, or helped build connections? https://www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/2019-victorian-premiers-volunteer-champions-awards