OPA volunteers honoured at Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champion Awards 2018
10 September 2018
Two long-standing volunteers from the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) have been honoured at the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champion Awards 2018. The ceremony, hosted by the Governor at Government House, took place on Sunday 9 September.
One of the volunteer awardees, Ernie Green, is an Independent Third Person (ITP) and Corrections Independent Support Officer (CISO). Ernie has undertaken more than 500 ITP interviews and 100 CISO hearings over the past 11 years. Up until recently, Ernie made himself available 24/7 at police stations in the northern and western metropolitan regions. Ernie has also been called on to assist with interviewing new volunteers and with training of new recruits and never hesitates to be more involved with the program.
The other volunteer awardee, Alison Gribble, is a Community Guardian and Community Visitor. Alison has been a Community Guardian volunteer with OPA for 27 years. Alison is known for her sensitivity, reasoning and caring in carrying out the role of a Community Guardian. She has a very gentle manner and always works with the best interests of her clients at heart to achieve the best outcome.
Both Ernie and Alison are recipients in the service category.
The Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, said, “I am delighted that two of OPA's long-serving volunteers, Ernie Green and Alison Gribble, have been recognised in this year's Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champion Awards 2018.”
“Both Ernie and Alison, along with the other more than 600 OPA volunteers, make a tremendous contribution to protecting the human rights of people with disability in Victoria,” she said.
“We are extremely fortunate to have people of the calibre of Ernie and Alison who volunteer their time to support and protect vulnerable people with disability in the community.”
To find out more about the awards and this year’s nominees, please visit the Volunteer Awards page.