Late last year, Vincentian Beverley Kerr was named the NSW Volunteer of the Year for her extraordinary commitment to social justice through her work for the Society.
The announcement was made at an award ceremony held in Sydney on 8 December. As readers might recall, Beverley had already received Senior 2017 Illawarra Region Volunteer and the overall regional winner’s award in September, which featured in The Record (Summer 2017–2018).
‘Mrs Kerr was chosen for her true spirit of volunteerism and her commitment to ending poverty and injustice. Her dedication to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s mission to transform lives and provide a “hand up” offers a shining example of a selfless volunteer heart,’ said Gemma Rygate, Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering.
Mrs Kerr holds critical leadership roles in the running of the organisation, such as President of Matthew Talbot Homeless support services. She also volunteers in her own community of Corrimal, where she works at a grassroots level with people suffering disadvantage. She often works seven days a week, offering emergency assistance to the homeless, those affected by addiction, domestic violence or mental health issues.