St Vincent de Paul Society NSW vice president Beverley Kerr has been named 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year, the Illawarra Mercury reports.
Mrs Kerr, from Corrimal, won the award for her commitment to social justice through her work for the St Vincent de Paul Society. She was also named Senior Volunteer of the Year.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” she said. “Just very humbled, and very emotional.”
Mrs Kerr, 71, is president of the Matthew Talbot Homeless Support Services, which is run by Vinnies, and she is also an active Vinnies volunteer in the Corrimal community.
“I don’t get much of a chance to be with the Corrimal conference because I’m so busy with the state-wide responsibilities,” she said.
“But I enjoy participating there when I can.”
She often works seven days a week, offering emergency assistance to the homeless, those affected by addiction, domestic violence or mental health issues.
Mrs Kerr has championed large poverty-targeted projects with the society, such as the design and revitalisation of Freeman House in Armidale, to provide residential and community-based programs for adults experiencing homelessness and/or addiction.
Before retiring and commencing her volunteer role with the society in 2001, she worked for the Department of Community Services.
Earlier this year, Mrs Kerr received both the Senior 2017 Illawarra Region Volunteer of the Year Award and the overall regional winner’s award for her work with the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Illawarra resident Beverley Kerr named 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year (Illawarra Mercury)