The Centre for Volunteering, which promotes and supports all forms of volunteering across Australia, has awarded NSW SES a Special Commendation Award as part of its Volunteer of the Year Awards State Gala Ceremony.
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said she was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of the service’s volunteers.
“This award is in recognition of the outstanding contributions of our volunteers and particularly for their role in saving and supporting communities across NSW in 2020,” Commissioner York said.
“After such a challenging year, our volunteers never let that stop them from doing what they do best, which is serving their communities.
“I am very proud of our volunteers and often say, without them, there would be no NSW SES,” she said.
The Centre for Volunteering Chief Executive Gemma Rygate said volunteers are critical for building strong, cohesive and resilient communities.
“Already ravaged by the effects of years of drought, 2020 has seen us face catastrophic bushfires, devastating floods and the worldwide pandemic,” Ms Rygate said.
“In these uncertain times, community support for those in need has never been more important.”