25 September 2019

Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) (20:10): I inform the Parliament of the phenomenal contribution of volunteers across Sydney city and the eastern suburbs whose efforts were recognised at the annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards in Randwick. Linda Deutsch was awarded the 2019 Adult Volunteer of the Year for her work teaching English language skills to people from non-English speaking backgrounds at the Junction Neighbourhood Centre. The Sailors with Disabilities Wright of Passage volunteers were awarded the 2019 Volunteer Team of the Year for their work helping young people who have disengaged from school or TAFE via a workplace learning program that teaches new skills and provides a pathway to work. The Eastern Suburbs 2019 Volunteer of the Year is Philip Feinstein, who founded the Music for Refugees program to help provide self‑esteem, confidence and happiness for refugees at the Villawood Detention Centre. He has helped collect musical instruments to donate through the program and was invited to extend its work at the Christmas Island Detention Centre.