Meals on Wheels Volunteers Acknowledged in Australia Day Awards

Each year, outstanding Australians across the country are acknowledged as part of a wide range of Australia Day Awards events – and this year many of them were past or present Meals on Wheels volunteers!

At Meals on Wheels, we know just how incredible each and every one of our more than 45,000 volunteers are. Every day, it is these volunteers who are at the forefront of our community providing nutritious meals, social connection and wellbeing checks on older Australians living in their own homes – the role they play and the service they help us provide is truly invaluable.

For Meals on Wheels Australia, it is wonderful to see so many people who have been involved with Meals on Wheels to be acknowledged in the Australia Day Awards ceremonies across the country.

Some of the Australia Day Award winners involved with Meals on Wheels include:

  • Robyn Margaret Twigg of Balgowlah, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community. Robyn volunteered at Meals on Wheels from 1995-2013.
  • Marigold (Maggie) June Elizabeth Harris has a 30 year history of volunteering with Meals on Wheels. She was awarded the 2023 City of Burnie Senior Citizen of the Year award.
  • Janet Whisson was announced as a WA regional OAM recipient.
  • Noorat’s Brendan Williams was named the shire’s 2023 Citizen of the Year.
  • Queensland’s very own Gail Zunker was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year. Gail’s love for giving back to the community with volunteering was noted with the award, which also acknowledged her role in the inception of Meals on Wheels in Bundaberg and her membership over the past 34 years.

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