Congratulations to Inspiring Outcomes’ volunteer, Suzanne (Sue) Cas (far left) who has received a Caroline Chisholm Award. Sue received her award from Anna Burke MP, Federal Member for Chisholm.
Inspiring Outcomes volunteer, Sue Cas, has received a Caroline Chisholm Award for her outstanding volunteering efforts.
Sue received the award from Federal Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke MP, during a special presentation at the Syndal Baptist Church on 31 October.
Speaking at the event, Ms Burke said volunteers were the backbone of communities and should be applauded for the time and energy they gave to helping others.
“Year after year I find myself humbled by the extraordinary stories of selflessness and devotion,which the Caroline Chisholm Awards bring to our attention. I know none of them seek our praise or thanks, that’s not the reason they volunteer, but as a community we need to say thank you as often as we can.”
Sue Cas, 76, joined Inspiring Outcomes as a volunteer 11 years ago. A long-time volunteer at her children’s school (tuckshop, reading, etc duties), when her children had grown and left home, Sue said she was keen to find an activity to not only fill some hours, but that gave her a sense of giving back to her community.
“I was told Inspiring Outcomes was a lovely place to volunteer at, so I came along to see how I could assist. It is a lovely place because 11 years later, I’m still here,” said Sue.
Sue is a much-loved face around the organisation, assisting with a range of activities, from outdoor programs to art and craft classes. In recent years, she has teamed with OC’s Disability Educator
Assistant, Val Rowe, to support the organisation’s annual art exhibition. To present clients’ artwork in the best possible way, Sue assists in mounting or framing each piece.
OC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Rushna Awan, described Sue as “passionate, reliable and cheerful” and someone who engaged well with clients.
“Sue is such an asset to us. Not only do the staff and clients love her for her great personality and sense of humour, but her creativity brings a new level of skill and experience to our day programs, particularly in art.”
The Caroline Chisholm Awards are named after the 19th century humanitarian and recognise exceptional volunteers. Held annually, the awards are open to volunteers who live or do their voluntary work in the seat of Chisholm.