Bomaderry POP – Volunteer ‘Service & Beyond’ Awards

16th September 2017

The Shoalhaven Superheroes ANZ Mobile Lending “Service & Beyond” Volunteer Awards aim is to provide a platform to showcase those Volunteers within the Shoalhaven, both individuals, groups and organisations, who have shown an outstanding commitment to helping the Shoalhaven community and those within it. These people & organisations are the Real Superheroes of the Shoalhaven.

This event, now in its 3rd year, has been an outstanding success to date. We encourage everyone to participate in this year’s event, by nominating a worthy recipient. , 

Definition: Superhero (noun): “A being with extraordinary physical or mental powers, far beyond the range of normal human ability, who uses these powers to protect the innocent and for the general good”    –

Details of the 2017 Volunteer ‘Service & Beyond’ Awards and the 2 new Awards Categories will be announced shortly.

Shoalhaven Superhero of the Year – Sponsored by Jervis Bay Airport Express

Thelma & Owen Ison – Terara Country Music Festival

For over six years this selfless wonderful retired couple have looked after their community by raising over $80,000 through their Music Festival for local organisations such as Noahs Ark, Life without Barriers & Terrara Public School. They also donate the catering profits to The Starlight Foundation.


Wendy Woodward   The Nowra Show & Bravehearts

Wendy has long supported the Shoalhaven Community as a member and current President of the Nowra Show Society. She donates to many community causes and is the Shoalhaven face of the Bravehearts organisation, supporting & teaching kids about personal safety.

Karlene Hosking- Disability Carer & Charity Fundraising

Karlene is a tireless volunteer in the community. from fundraising in the P&C at Havenlee School to holding Awareness and Fundraising events in the past 12 years for Breast Cancer & the McGrath Foundation. Most recently with husband Craig, donating the End of Treatment Bell at the Shoalhaven Cancer Centre.

Business Volunteer – Sponsored by BNI Coast Link


Bakehouse Delights – Nowra East Bakery

A business that has selflessly put in copious amounts of time, effort and funds

for many local people affected by illness, disabilities and the rebuilding of lives.


Lauren Beaufils – Nowchem

Actively involved with Shoalhaven Youth. From St Johns programs to organiser of the South Coast Youth Leadership Forum (SCYLF) & representing Shoalhaven in Washington DC at International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA)

Rita Sullivan – Knickerboxers

Devoting many years of service to the Shoalhaven Community through her business with in home Mastectomy support services, donating to volunteer charities, fundraising & awareness supporting Breast Cancer & has for many years also been involved with Berry Zonta Club, a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide.

ECO/GREEN/SUSTAINABILITY – Sponsored by Pepperell & Associates


Shoalhaven Landcare Association Inc

Supports 17 local landcare groups and over 200 volunteers who maintain & protect the bushland environment and improve agricultural lands with activities such as workshops, field days, riverwatch, biological control trials and more.


Frances Bray – Culburra

A long time, dedicated bushcare coordinator at Culburra Beach. Leading by example, a small group of tireless volunteers and instrumental in revitalisation of Bangalay Sand Forest at Sheepwash Creek & working closely with Council Bushcare.

Jo Power- Manyana

Founding organiser of Boomerang Bags in the Shoalhaven, starting in Manyana & also the Farmers Market in Ulladulla. Always cutting and sewing from donated materials and working towards a plastic free Shoalhaven though social media and even advising local Council on plastic reduction in the region.

Health & Aged Care – Sponsored by Bomaderry RSL


Karlene Hosking- Disability Care & Fundraising

Working full time in disability, Karlene still manages to volunteer in the

community from fundraising in the P&C at Havenlee School to holding Awareness and Fundraising events in the past 12 years for Breast Cancer & the McGrath Foundation. Most recently, with husband Craig donating the End of Treatment Bell at the Shoalhaven Cancer Centre.


Vicki Swift – A Business operator, carer & fundraiser

A full time carer of her elderly mother, Vicky also devotes all her spare time to being a Local Community Events Organiser and a Local Community Fundraiser giving fully of herself caring and helping others every day.

Community & Not for Profit Award – Sponsored by BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burill Lake


Shoalhaven Youth Concert Band

The Shoalhaven Youth Concert Band’s conductor Richard Hodge and all the other wonderful volunteer musicians, give their time to help the kids experience the joy of playing & performing as a group.


Bob Hanlon

Bob is a 30+ years member of the Jervis Bay Lions Club who epitomises the word “volunteerism”. Whether selling raffle tickets & raising money or playing a rockin’ Santa for the kids,  Bob goes above & beyond for anyone needing help.

Zac Mihajlovic

Zac, aka Batman & The Batmobile, is a proud Make-A-Wish Ambassador, full filling wishes of children to meet Batman and ride in the Batmobile. Zac also supports local Charities & is Ambassador for Shoalhaven Superheroes Festival.

School Youth 13-18yrs – Sponsored by McDonalds Nowra


Mikayla Barnes – “I work to action and inspire positive change in our community”

Mikayla has supported individuals, charities, in school & SCC Youth Advisory, the PCYC and Nowra Youthies. Also, fundraising for the Cancer Council, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Leukemia Foundation, Shoalhaven Homeless and Rotary’s “Fiji” Appeal, organised Surfing for the Disabled days & established a Zone Student Representative Council.


Sarah Hodgetts & Rhiannon Winter

Both are active community volunteers initially helping the Sanctuary “Soup” nights Fundraisers & going on to be organisers and management of large “Soup” events. Also, radio presenters for their local community radio – Bay & Basin 92.7FM

Janaya Hennessy

Janaya overcome her own adversities in her HSC year & continues to put people first . As the first indigenous leader at school, Janaya provided support & leadership. She tirelessly organised Naidoc Celebrations at the school and worked at the SCC & assisting with Naidoc celebrations.

Education & Higher Learning – Sponsored by Commonwealth bank


Greg King – TAFE Illawarra Nowra Campus

Greg is a teacher of commercial cookery who goes above & beyond his teaching duties, supporting his students and voluntarily attending many dinners functions & competitions across the state with them and also mentoring the high achiever students towards success in gaining highly prestigious awards.


Gina Wilson-Burns – Disability & Family Advocate

Gina is a tireless and passionate voice of inclusion particularly in the disability & family advocacy sector.  She is chairperson at Family Advocacy and worked hard with her son’s primary & now high school, helping the school community learn the importance, joy & many rewards of inclusive education.

Sarah Phillis – TAFE Illawarra Nowra Campus

A dedicated and selfless department head at Nowra Campus who tirelessly works for both the section’s staff & students. Sarah is always motivated, very enthusiastic and committed to making their section succeed.

Sports – Sponsored by McDonalds Bomaderry


Debbie Short – Ulladulla United Cricket Club

Currently in the roll of Club Secretary, Debbie has, as a volunteer, been instrumental in the success of Junior programs, seeking sponsors, promoting programs, grant writing and handling many other essential club duties. The results of her commitment & enthusiasm is the significant growth of the club.

Annalise McDonald – Saints Netball Club

At 18 years of age, Annalise has already shown commitment and dedication to Netball in the Shoalhaven. In the club, she is coach, umpire, fundraiser as well as a team player, spending many weeknights and weekends supporting the team and being a role model to the younger kids.

Emergency Services – Sponsored by Bomaderry Bowling Club


John Hurwood – Volunteer in Policing

For 18 years, a Volunteer in Policing – (VIP) based at Nowra Police Station clocking up a huge 8,380 hours, equivalent to 4.5 years of full time hours. Duties include helping out with administrative duties such as case filing, archiving to uniform ordering. He’s a gentleman who genuinely enjoys his role and is always up for a friendly chat.


Stephen & Ann Thomson – Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Brigade

Stephan has been Captain of the Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Brigade for around 20 years and Ann has been in the service for over 10 years.  A fantastic couple who have dedicated themselves to service for the Shoalhaven Heads Community.

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Over 250 volunteers and contributors were involved in the 2015 Shoalhaven Superheroes Festival, which incorporated Berry POP, Bomaderry POP, Nowra POP and Nowra Alive POP.


Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP

Gareth Ward is your local Member for Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, representing the interests of the entire region.

Messages of support

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"Day for the Shoalhaven Region to celebrate the fantastic contributions of care, help, organisation, training, assistance and service undertaken by Volunteers in the Shoalhaven, for the benefit of others in our community."

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"People performing selfless acts within the community for the community. Either publicly or in your own small way, let someone know they are appreciated!"


Car Key Raffle Prize

HYUNDAI ACCENT ACTIVE 5 Door Manual Hatchback Valued at $15,990

Your ticket includes x 1 entry in the draw for the Lucky Door Hyundai Car Key. Only 24 keys are available and 2 keys will be won each Shoalhaven Superheroes festival event. The winning car key will be drawn on Friday 8th September 2017 at the Shoalhaven Superheroes Volunteer Service and Beyond awards to be held at Bomaderry Bowling Club.