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Let’s hear it for our volunteers!

Pictured: David Hubbard, 2019 Freedom Wheels Award winner, and Solve Business Manager, Rosemary Nolan

As we wrap up a very active and exciting 2019, we recognise the 147 active state-wide volunteers who have generously given their time and expertise to support Solve, and Victorians living with disability.

The theme of Solve’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Volunteer Branch Day was – An Active Life.

This year we recognised and honoured our remarkable volunteers who contribute to Solve’s service delivery, helping people with disability, and older Australians to lead an active life.

At this year’s event – held at the Box Hill RSL – Solve presented service awards to volunteers for up to an incredible 30 years of service (service award recipients listed below).

To recognise volunteers and projects that best exemplify the three pillars of Solve’s service – innovation, value and quality –  volunteers and projects were nominated in three categories. Additionally, a volunteer from the Freedom Wheels technical team was recognised for playing an integral role in supporting the Freedom Wheels bike service, and supporting people with disability of all ages to have a chance to safely ride a bike.

The 2019 Volunteer Award winners:

  • Value Award – Andrew PettitCustom transfer board from wheelchair to car
  • Quality Award – Bruce HainesCustom baby seat on wheelchair
  • Innovation Award –Brian Catchpole – Custom wheelchair (for person with short stature)
  • Freedom Wheels – David Hubbard

Annually, Solve selects one volunteers to receive the Ern & Les Rothschild Volunteer Award – an award recognising a Solve volunteer who has demonstrated a significant commitment to Solve and our customers through their volunteer work, and displaying personal qualities of humility, flexibility and reliability.

2019 Ern & Les Rothschild Volunteer Award recipient:

  • Ralph Brown
Ern Rothschild was a metropolitan volunteer for 17 years up until his sudden death in 2007. During his time with Solve Ern had completed 114 projects, was an active team member and together with his wife Les participated in all Solve social events.


Volunteering provides opportunities for people to impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion. Solve is proud to support and provide a variety of volunteer opportunities to a diverse population of skilled and dedicated volunteers across Victoria.

Let’s hear it for our volunteers!

We thank all of our volunteers, and congratulate the award nominees and recipients for their incredible contribution to Solve, and people with disability.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities at Solve, get in touch.


Volunteer Service Award recipients:

30 Years Service

Neville Waldron

25 Years Service

Merrilyn Shepherd

Sam Sirianni

20 Years Service

John Wilson

15 Years Service

Michael Bentvelzen

Ken Endacott

Bruce Young

10 Years Service

Stuart Anderson

Ian Cross

Richard Hart

Bruce Reynolds

5 Years Service

Michael Anderson

Owen Anderson

Jarryd Caruana

Grant Forest

Roy Galey

David Hubbard

Kirk Kratzmann

Michael Lavery

Max Lloyd

Geoff Payne

Lynton Roberts

Saeed Seifmohammadi

Frederick Syer

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