Suncare Volunteers Awarded ACSA Queensland Volunteers of the Year

23 August 2019

Suncare warmly congratulates Sally Dickinson and Paul Freeborough on being awarded the Aged and Community Services Australia (ASCA) Queensland State Award for Volunteer(s) of the Year. 

The annual Aged and Community Services Australia (ASCA) Aged Care Awards was hosted in Brisbane on Wednesday 24th July. The night recognised and celebrated the outstanding achievements and contributions made by those in the aged care industry. 

Suncare CEO Russell Mason said the organisation was incredibly proud of Sally and Paul who will go on to represent Queensland at the National Awards held in Melbourne in October. “Suncare is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and hardworking volunteers. Sally and Paul bring real energy and enthusiasm to the Maroochydore Centre.” 

Sally has been volunteering for Suncare for many years, she is known for taking the time to get to know our customers and goes out of her way to find common ground and build genuine connections. Sally continually demonstrates her passion for volunteering and makes a real difference to the lives of Suncare customers. 

Paul has a natural ability to connect with people. He is skilled at providing opportunities for customers to engage in activities that they love. His enthusiasm, patience and kindness is an invaluable asset for both Suncare and the wider community. 

There are many benefits to the individual when they can live in their own home and retain their community connections. Our customers and volunteers benefit from the daily contact and the caring, supportive nature of helping one another. We have regular classes and workshops five days a week at our community centre in Maroochydore, these connections change the lives of many seniors living alone.

Sally and Paul have been invited to attend the Aged & Community Services Australia National Awards which will be held from the 8–10 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Suncare has more than 200 volunteers who donate their time across a range of roles - from helping in the Meals on Wheels kitchen, making community visits to customers’ home and organising a wealth of activities at the Centre in Maroochydore.  

Sally, Russell and Paul at QLD ASCA Awards