An East Gippsland Volunteer has received a 2019 Victorian Volunteer Champion Award.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett would like to congratulate Mr Chris Lawless for their incredible work in the Briagolong community.

I sincerely thank you for your 25-year contribution to the veteran community in the Briagolong area. Through your dedication and hard work, you have helped to create a more inclusive and caring Victoria.

Now in its seventh year, the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards were created to recognise and celebrate the value and impact of volunteering across Victoria in building our communities, services and connections.

More than 1.5 million Victorians volunteer their time, skills and experience – making a huge contribution to our local communities. Their contribution to the Victorian economy is estimated to be worth up to $42 billion by 2021, if volunteering rates continue.

This year, 247 nominations were received across the categories of Service, Leadership, Impact and Teamwork and 57 volunteers were recognised for their invaluable contributions.

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Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“Congratulations to all our award recipients. You are the backbone of our local communities, providing comfort and relief to people who need it most.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Every year we see outstanding volunteers who are putting their heart and soul into working together to support Victorians. Thanks to Mr Chris Lawless and all our outstanding volunteers who help make Victoria a better place to live.”

“These awards recognise the outstanding and selfless work that all our volunteers do in the community every day.”