Hazel Maynard: A lifetime of service in volunteer leadership roles
2017 State Awards – Excellence Award recipients Tehree Gordon, Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary and Hazel Maynard, Volunteering Victoria. Photo Credit: Frank Amato

Dedicated volunteer leader Hazel Maynard received a Life-time Achievement Award at the recent Volunteering Victoria State Volunteer Awards. The honour recognises long-standing, distinguished and meritorious service to the volunteering sector in a leadership role over at least seven years.

With 26 years of outstanding contribution to the not for profit sector, Hazel Maynard’s service is highly deserving of this award.

Hazel’s distinguished track record includes key roles in Australia’s leading charities, including:

  • Australian Red Cross – Hazel established an effective asylum seeker support service, where she pioneered skilled volunteer matching. It was a highly successful initiative and transformed the way volunteers were subsequently recruited and trained across many other programs.
  • Cancer Council – she reinvigorated a state-wide volunteer program, turning it into a buoyant and profitable venture.
  • St Vincent de Paul – Hazel developed and nurtured a group of geographically dispersed volunteers, resulting in a highly regarded and effective volunteer program, and increased volunteer retention rates.

A volunteer for much of her life, Hazel joined St John Ambulance Brigade as a volunteer first aider at age 11 mostly because she liked the uniform – unfortunately this was a short-lived venture as she fainted at the sight of blood on her first assignment! Despite this initial set back, she continued to volunteer for many sporting events.

Among her long list of leadership endeavours, Hazel held roles on the board of Volunteering Victoria from 2006, including President 2008 to 2010 where she shared her expertise in volunteer leadership. Many of Hazel’s articles relating to volunteer management published in professional journals and are well-regarded in the sector.

Hazel’s personal commitment as a member of the City Network of Managers of Volunteers since 2005, and Network Facilitator from 2014 to 2016, comes from her passionate support for valuable volunteers. She is well known for assisting newcomers to the sector and has delivered pro-bono training to many not for profit agencies.

Seeing a need in the sector to support leaders to deal with the more difficult parts of their job, Hazel developed a training program called “The ‘Tuff’ Stuff” which covers all aspects of volunteer performance counselling from policy development to delivering the message. Collaborating with Justice Connect and Clayton Utz, Hazel also helped deliver the first ever workshop in Victoria entitled “The Legal Aspects of Working with Volunteers” in 2009. This workshop is still being delivered by Justice Connect using Hazel’s common-sense training model.

Ann Downing and Rhosheen Meyers reflected on their former St Vincent de Paul colleague’s achievements:

“Put simply, we doubt if there is anyone more deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award than Hazel Maynard who, for the past 26 years, has championed the cause of volunteers and refugees.

“Over the years she earned their respect and acknowledgement for the enormity of her achievements.”

The impact of Hazel’s work in the not for profit and volunteer management arena is wide-ranging and widely appreciated. She has been commended as an inspirational speaker who is always willing to share her expertise to strengthen volunteer management within community organisations.

Congratulations to Hazel on her well-deserved Life-time Achievement Award at the 2017 Volunteering Victoria State Volunteer Awards.

You can read the full list of winners here.

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