Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick MP, State Member for Woodridge, invited volunteers of Woodridge to the Woodridge Queensland Day Awards.

“The last year has been tough, but our community has seen it through thanks to the contributions of many community members who have gone above and beyond,” said Cameron Dick.

“Our Woodridge Queensland Day Awards aim to recognise the volunteers who’ve made amazing contributions to our local community.”

Our March 2021 issue front cover, Tammy Robinson from Formally Ever After was one of the locals to receive an award and said it’s a wonderful way to showcase Woodridge and all it has to offer.

“Lots of local volunteers were invited to celebrate and be acknowledged for their contributions in their community.

“I’m super proud of how Formally Ever After has grown and all the students we’ve helped, and this award is for all of us as we all make this happen.

“Thank you to Cameron Dick MP for putting on this great morning and a huge cheer for all volunteers everywhere.”

Andre Rivett and Cameron Dick MP

The recipients of the Woodridge Queensland Day Awards

Tammy Robinson

Tammy runs Formally Ever After, a service that provides students with free formal wear for their end of year school formal dance.

Graham Filkins

Graham is a 20-year veteran of the Logan City Historical Museum.

Elaine Stewart

Elaine has been volunteering for 20 years with Mission Possible Volunteers, and during that time, she has turned thousands of knitted squares into hundreds of blankets.

Beverley Spark

Beverly has been with Mission Possible Volunteers for 10 years and during that time has contributed by making baby packs, wet packs, and care packs to be distributed to hospitals, Camp Quality participants and those in need.

Brian Roberts

Brian ‘Robbo’ Roberts has been a stalwart of Logan Brothers Rugby League Club Inc for over 33 years. During those 33 years, the Club has produced 22 professional NRL players.

Trisha and Cooper Diehm

Trisha is a hard working volunteer for Logan Brothers Rugby League Club Inc. She goes to all her boys’ training sessions, attends their games, fundraises and manages a team and is a club sponsor.

Cooper also attends his boys’ football training as well as coaching a team. Cooper played for Logan Brothers until he stepped up this year when the Vice President’s role became vacant.

Duane Antcliff

Duane has been the President of Logan Brothers Rugby League Club Inc. for the past few years and has made the club his full-time job when not caring for his lovely wife when she suffered a significant health event.

Renita Davren

Renita goes out of her way to ensure that the students at St Francis College, Crestmead get the best support.

Jan Heath

Jan is a hard-working volunteer for the Special Olympics Logan Allstars.

Elaine Martin

Elaine has been a dedicated volunteer at Logan Central Respite Centre since 2012. She works tirelessly in the kitchen, helping to prepare and serve morning tea and lunch for aged care members and clients.

Helen Carlson

Helen has volunteered for Red Cross Australia for more than 22 years. She has helped with home calls to keep in touch with people in the community who need support as well as running the Red Cross shop.

Connor Wilkinson

Connor is one of the most dedicated youth workers in Woodridge. He runs Youth Off The Streets and works to rehabilitate and transition those who need help to become productive members of the community.

Rod Kirkland and the staff of Logan City Special School

All the staff at the Logan City Special School exceed expectations daily, they provide education and life skills to some of our community’s most vulnerable.

Amanda Peers

Amanda is an amazing teacher and team leader. She has been a teacher for more than 5 years at Logan City Special School.

Therese Miburo

Mrs Therese Miburo has influenced the Burundian community by changing opinions, instilling values, and translating experiences across and time using comedy. She uses her sense of humour to reveal many truths about Burundian society.

Denise Te Popo and Kathy Jaeger

Denise is a great example of hard work and volunteering in our community. As the President of the Browns Plains Mets Rugby Union, Denise has been an integral part of the build of the Club’s new home at Browns Plains State School.

Kathy has served in voluntary positions with the Browns Plains Mets Rugby Union Club since 2008. She has made a huge impact during this time as a Committee Member dedicating her time to supporting the club.

Venerable Sopheap Yoeun

Venerable Sopheap Youen arrived in Queensland in 2012. Since then, he has worked extremely hard for the Khmer (Kuh-mai) community, helping to form the Khmer Buddhist Society.

Sarvashree Singh

Sarv is an executive board member of the Women Empowerment and Leadership board. Sarv is a qualified lawyer and volunteers her time to help people who can’t afford legal advice for DV cases.

Adila Ghayasi

Adila has been working as a volunteer with Women Empowerment and Leadership for over 10 years helping refugees and immigrants settle in Australia.

Ashish Chadha – Women Empowerment and Leadership

Ashish is a highly active volunteer in the community and provides tutoring for students and shelter and food for those vulnerable and at risk.

Maria Morris – Women Empowerment and Leadership

Maria has dedicated herself to volunteering in the local community including assisting people with little or no financial means to navigate the legal system.

Lisa Carvalho

Lisa is passionate about the Disability and Mental Health space and has dedicated herself to working with and improving the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in Logan.

Caroline Fitzpatrick

Caroline leads the 99 Steps family and domestic violence program at Access Community Services Ltd. Through this program, she provides counselling, court support, case management, information and referral and advocacy for the women in the Logan region who access the program.

Tim Madigan

Tim works for the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service at Access Community Services Ltd. Through his work, he delivers free outreach legal advice in Woodridge.

Riaz Ali Palasara

Mr Riaz is the Director of the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland and successfully manages all the events of the Council in a very professional manner.

Muhammad Amer Chowdry

Amer is a great volunteer and encourages many community members to support the Leukaemia Foundation and the Red Cross Blood Donation drive in the Logan area.

Syed Asghar Naqvi

Asghar (As-garr) is the President of the Pakistan-Australia Culture Association and is responsible for building strong relations between the Pakistani community and the wider community in Queensland.

Andre Rivett

Andre is a Down Syndrome athlete and since 2016 he has represented Queensland and Australia as a para-athlete in track and field. Andre has successfully competed nationally and internationally. As an ambassador he also supports other athletes to help increase representation and awareness of Down Syndrome sport

The Holy Trinity Prayer Group and Choir

The Holy Trinity Prayer Group and Choir recently celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The Group promotes multiculturalism in our local community and provides advice to newly arrived Filipino migrants. During the pandemic, the Group undertook many fundraising events and provided food parcels for those in need.

Soum Lim

Ms Soum Lim has been a highly active member of the Khmer (Kuh-mai) Buddhist Society of Queensland since 1993. She has always been a role model for her family and our broader community. She is turning 98 this year and is still highly active and encourages other community members to engage and participate in our community’s events and initiatives.

Ian Miller

Ian is long-time volunteer at the Kingston Learning College. He builds and maintains the gardens for class projects and school beautification, waters the plants during school holidays, is a handyman when something needs fixing, acts as a Teachers Aide in the classroom, he shops, cooks and serves food to our students, performs admin duties, data entry, answering the phones and manages the school recycling project.

Lynda Foulis

Lynda has been with the Amputee and Families Support Group for over 5 years. She works part-time and provides additional support voluntarily. Lynda passionately believes that no one should go through limb loss alone. Lynda is an ongoing asset to the organisation and community.

Jarrod Bird

Jarrod is a great volunteer at the Logan City Cricket Club. He currently provides free advice, free fertiliser and support to the Club with the installation of the new wickets.

Mic Noble

Mic is a tireless local volunteer for the Woodridge Community. He is a driving force for the Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations.

Muna Ibrahim

Muna has worked constantly for Islamic Women’s Association of Australia for over 30 years. She was one of the founding members and was one of the first people employed by the Association.

Lesa Changwai Ulberg

Lesa is the President of the Logan Samoan Advisory Council. The council aims to provide support to the Samoan community by increasing resources and information where needed.

Norma Kawak

Norma is the founder and President of Marvellous Mature Women. She has been helping women to keep connected in the Woodridge area for 16 years this year. She has also been part of the Older Womens Network and the Woodridge Scout Group.

Judith Howlett

Judith has been an important volunteer for Logan Central Meals on Wheels for the past 10 years. She has served in the roles of secretary and president and everything in between.

Kathryn Spires and Graham Wilkinson

Kathryn and Graham are two of our great volunteers with Logan Central Meals on Wheels representing all the volunteers who provide this vital service to our local community.

Bear and the Boys from Logan City Community Men’s Shed

Shed President Bear and the boys from the Logan City Community Men’s Shed for their hard work and volunteering which has enabled them to rebuild the Men’s Shed into the success that it is today.

Maree Uhlmann

Maree works tirelessly to ensure that the Logan community is treated with respect and compassion when dealing with the Logan Housing Service Centre.

Sherie McDonald

Sherie is the Logan Housing Service Centre Domestic and Family Violence Integrated Response Officer. Sherie is part of the high-risk DV team who works in partnership with several other government agencies and non-government agencies to assess and assist local community members who are at high risk of domestic and family violence.

Josiane Broome and Roashanjan Hettiaratchi

Jo and Rosh are two very valued occupational therapists at the Logan Housing Service Centre. They support tenants to ensure they have the appropriate disability modifications in their homes to ensure their safety.

Kim Dennis

Kim is the RentConnect Officer at the Logan Housing Service Centre. She works to support customers obtain private rental accommodation using the department’s private market products.

Lee Meh – ADRA Community Centre Logan Central

Lee faithfully shows up every day and quietly goes about doing great work in the community centre. She works hard and always has a happy smile for staff and visitors.

Patricia Taylor – ADRA Community Centre Logan Central

Patricia is a great-hearted person. She has a love for the community and gives her time voluntarily running the op-shop.

Photos and information thanks to Cameron Dick MP Facebook page.

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