Desma Mitchell

After years of devoted caring for her mother, Desma Mitchell started volunteering at Coffs Harbour Health Campus looking for a meaningful way to contribute and share her experience.

Desma was quickly engaged by the Carer Program to be part of an innovative project assisting carers to access support for themselves.  The program also promotes opportunities to share knowledge about the person they care for and, importantly, to be recognised by health staff as partners in care.

Award Recipient: Ricky Buchanan

A local Gumbayniggirr man from Bowraville, Ricky Buchanan is dedicated and passionate in supporting local health facilities. His valuable volunteer contribution is evident in multiple initiatives supporting Macksville Hospital. Ricky is a role model who inspires the next generation of Aboriginal people and encourages them to give back to their community.

Working tirelessly for the community, Ricky continually offers his time, knowledge and support to Macksville Hospital. He is an enthusiastic young man and emerging leader. Macksville Hospital is extremely lucky to have a volunteer of his calibre!

Yvonne Thomas 

Yvonne Thomas is the treasurer of the Bellingen Hospital Pink Auxiliary and has been a dedicated volunteer for the past 13 years. Yvonne engages with patients by providing a shopping service for their personal and comfort items.

Yvonne is the face of the Pink Auxiliary promoting a cohesive community relationship while collecting donated raffle prizes from local businesses. Yvonne’s loyalty is shown through her continued commitment and promotion of the Pink Auxiliary at local street stalls in Bellingen and Urunga.