Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year Award 2015


Congratulations Margaret Dillon, recipient of the Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year Award for 2015.

On Tuesday 1st December, 2015 at The Mai-Wel Group’s annual volunteer function, Margaret Dillon was awarded the Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication and commitment to Mai-Wel for the past 10 years.

Margaret commenced volunteering in 1995, where Mai-Wel began at South Street School assisting in the hydrotherapy pool. She went on to volunteer at the Mai-Wel Opportunity Shop until 2003, followed by the Moving on Program.  Margaret continues to volunteer each week at the Community Participation program and regularly supports participants in the Leisure Links Program.

Margaret’s son Terry worked at what was then known as Mai-Wel’s ‘Sheltered Workshop’ for 13 years. Margaret is passionate about volunteering and giving back to Mai-Wel for all of the support they have provided Terry over the years.Corinne Frost, Mai-Wel’s Coordinator of Volunteers thanks Margaret for her commitment to Mai-Wel and its participants.

“Margaret is reliable, compassionate, enthusiastic and has a wonderful sense of humour. Her experience and common sense together with her caring, non-judgemental approach make Margaret a much admired and valued member of the volunteer team”, said Corinne.

“Margaret attends every volunteer training workshop we hold and regularly mentors other volunteers, especially newcomers".

The Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year Award is in honour of Frank Higgs, Mai-Wel’s longest serving Board member and a dedicated volunteer for more than 22 years. Frank’s association with Mai-Wel began in the 1960’s when his daughter Ruth attended the Mai-Wel School at South Street, Telarah. In 1998, Frank and his wife Betty were granted life membership to The Mai- Wel Group for their loyalty and support of the organisation throughout the years.

The award has been named after Frank due to his long-standing support of Mai-Wel and advocacy for people with a disability in the Hunter.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact the Mai-Wel Communications team on (02) 4932 8599 or email

Pictured above: Corinne Frost (Mai-Wel Coordinator of Volunteers), David Allen (Mai-Wel Director), Cr Bob Geoghegan, Margaret Dillon (Volunteer of the Year 2015), Graham Burns (Mai-Wel President), Pennie Kearney (Mai-Wel CEO), Margaret Sivyer (Mai-Wel Director) and Jan Whyte (Mai-Wel Director). 

Pictured below: Corinne Frost (Mai-Wel Coordinator of Volunteers and Volunteer of the Year for 2014) with Margaret Dillon (Volunteer of the Year 2015). 

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