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National Volunteer Week
13 May 2016
A special lunch was held yesterday at the Supreme Court to thank Supreme Court volunteers for their efforts as part of National Volunteer Week (9-15 May 2016).
About 30 dedicated volunteers donate several hours every week at the Court, with job satisfaction as their main reward.
The volunteers come from diverse backgrounds including retired barristers, solicitors, teachers, nurses and more.
Some conduct education tours as part of the Court’s long-running Education Program, while others operate through Court Network; an information, support and referral service for those attending Court. There’s a handful of volunteers who even perform both roles.
Justice Elliott officially thanked the volunteers at the lunch, acknowledging the important work Court volunteers perform.
“As one of the Supreme Court judges involved in the Education Program, I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of our volunteers and seen their hard work first-hand.
“The team go out of their way to ensure that students are supervised at all times and that trials are never disrupted. We thank all of the volunteers for their work in the Court,” said Justice Elliott.
The Court also farewelled two volunteers who had served with the Education Program. Ron Parker was one of the most experienced team members having spent many years leading student groups. He spent many hours each week volunteering with a number of organisations and was awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 in recognition of his services to the community.
Daryl Hockings had worked with the Court’s Education Program since 2008 and was a highly regarded and valuable member of the team. He came to the program having previously worked as a tipstaff to two Supreme Court judges. Justice Robson, one of those judges, attended the lunch to bid Daryl farewell. Daryl had also worked on the Court’s information desk under Court Network.
Justices Whelan and Ginnane were also among those in attendance at the lunch, personally thanking volunteers for their efforts.
The Court is very grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm of all of the people who volunteer within the Court. Thank you for your service.