Ern and Les Rothschild Volunteering Award

Patrick Navascues

Congratulations to Solve Metropolitan Branch volunteer, Patrick Navascues, this year's recipient of the Inaugural Ern and Les Rothschild Award!

1. Background 

Ern Rothschild was a Solve Disability Solutions (then known as TADVIC) technical member from 1990 until he passed away in 2007. He and his wife Les were great supporters of the work of Solve. They both attended Solve Annual General Meetings and functions and took every opportunity to promote the work of Solve. Ern worked on over 110 projects in his 17 years with Solve, with products made ranging from items to make personal care easier, to equipment to enable greater participation in vocational and recreational activities. In 2012 Ern’s wife, Les, left a large financial bequest to Solve Disability Solutions in her Will. In honour of both the practical and financial commitment shown by the Rothschild’s to Solve we dedicate this award to their honour.

2. Eligibility

  • The award is open to all volunteers, and can be for an individual or team.

  • The nominee/s is not required to be a Solve member; they can just have volunteered with Solve.

  • The recipient/s can be nominated by another volunteer, client, supporter or staff member.

  • Past individual winners are not eligible for future awards. However they may be renominated as part of a volunteer team.

3. Criteria

The Award recipient would not have to meet the entire set of criteria, however in order to assess each nomination fairly there needs to be a way of comparing the nominees with each other to determine the most deserving volunteer. For the initial awards the following criteria will be applied:

  • How has the person supported other volunteers?

  • How has the person supported or shown commitment to the organisation?

  • What effect has the volunteer had on the community and/or client?

  • How has the volunteer displayed qualities such as humility, flexibility and reliability?

  • Approximately what amount of time would they commit to the organisation (per week)?

  • The effort required to volunteer (e.g. obstacles they face such as health, caring responsibilities, working etc.)

  • How have they demonstrated a commitment to people with a disability?

  • What work/project/activity has they done that was outstanding and why? - E.g. highly innovative, large amount of time invested, outcome for client etc.

4. Nomination process

  • Nominations will be open from 1 May to 31 August each year.

  • Nominator to complete a Nomination Form.

  • Nomination Form to be submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator for collation.

  • Collated nominations will be forwarded to the CEO in the first week of September.

  • Nominations to be assessed and reviewed by a Sub Committee that includes the CEO, Board Chairman and one other Board member.

  • The recipient is to be announced at the AGM each year and will be presented with a certificate, a small trophy and a gift voucher (to the value of $200)


A nomination form can be downloaded from the box on the right of this screen.