Awards – Young Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is funded by the CWA of WA State Projects Fund, and was established in order to publicly recognise and encourage younger volunteers. Branches are encouraged to identify and nominate exceptional young volunteers from their local community. Nominees do not have to be CWA members, and each entrant is assessed on their perceived value to their community. The winner is announced and presented with their Award at CWA State Conference each year.

Click here for Young Volunteer of the Year Award Application


This year, the Award was given jointly to two winners.  They are:

  • Jake O’Brien
  • David Lochore
Young Volunteer Award Recipients 2018
Young Volunteer Award Recipients 2018
Jake O’Brien and David Lachore with Val Moylan


What does building a house in Cambodia, erecting classrooms and an Aids Clinic in Africa, raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation in Australia and being a delegate to the United Nations Youth Leadership Symposium in Bangkok have in common? These are all activities that the winner of the CWA Young Volunteer of the Year Award, Asha Healy from Albany, has engaged in as part of her determination to improve the lives of others.

The same qualities of selfless giving and the desire to help people everywhere is also what drives the Country Women’s Association of WA.  For this reason, the CWA established this Award and $750 prize money to acknowledge and encourage young leaders in the community.

From a very young age, Asha’s leadership qualities have been recognised with numerous Pursuit of Excellence and Citizenship Awards which continues into her adult life.

In addition to local volunteering, in 2016 Asha spent two weeks in Cambodia as a volunteer through the University Reach Out Programme, and this year, spent five weeks in Natal and Mozambique.  Just recently, she was selected as an emerging leader from Curtin University to attend the Youth Leadership Symposium in Thailand which was the largest youth gathering in Asia.

Asha hopes to become a Human Rights Lawyer, and the Association wishes her continued success with her studies and leadership ambitions.

Asha receiving her award from Heather Allen and Mia Davies


In 2015, the winner was 15 year old Lachlan Bormolini, pictured being presented with his award by WA State Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC – and back at Bedfordale Bushfire Brigade afterwards.

Young Volunteer of the Year 2016
Lachlan Bormolini – 2016 Young Volunteer of the Year, for services to his Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.
15-year-old Bedfordale cadet Lachlan at HQ
15-year-old Bedfordale cadet Lachlan at HQ