Dawn Walterfang was named Life Saving Victoria’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2017 Awards of Excellence last month. Dawn joined Bonbeach Life Saving Club in 2005 and has been a dedicated member and mentor throughout that time. She is passionate about junior sports and also focusses on member recruitment.
This season she has held multiple roles within the club including: Junior Coordinator, Age Manager/Coach U6, R&R March Past Coach, Level 1 Surf Sports Official, Board member, Education Liaison, and patrol member.
Congratulations on being awarded the 2017 Graeme Long Memorial Medal. What does being the 2017 LSV Volunteer of the Year mean to you?
A very huge “OMG so proud/humbled/scared!” moment … it’s amazing to be recognised, humbling to be noticed amongst so many vibrant lifesaving volunteers and scary to think that I need to live up to the award! I hope that others in my community realise that volunteering is a normal and valued activity.
How did you get involved in lifesaving?
Sitting in the sun in front of our local lifesaving club years ago, I just wanted to join in the fun everyone seemed to be having!
What do you most enjoy about lifesaving?
I love the fact that lifesaving enables me to contribute to our community from young to old while having fun on the beach.
How do you encourage others to get involved with lifesaving and volunteering?
I try to live a visible volunteer life and show by my actions that participating in lifesaving as a volunteer is just a normal part of a healthy lifestyle. I truly believe that everyone has the capacity to contribute to a functional society through volunteer actions, large and small.
What motivates you?
Engaging with my community from our youngest to our elders.
When you are not at the beach or lifesaving club, what keeps you busy?
Night duty nursing, day time volunteering, and full time mum and taxi service for my two dancing, singing and beach loving kids!