2013 Award Winners Taronga Zoo

Be Supportive & Enthusiastic

Ian Maynard

Highly Commended

Ian Maynard has assisted Taronga’s Media Relations for many years and has been present for some of Taronga’s most significant events. Ian’s professional manner with the public and capacity to assist in any situation provides incredible support to Taronga and our Media Relations team.

Be Supportive & Enthusiastic

Joan Switzer

Highly Commended

Joan Switzer has assisted Taronga’s Zoo Friends membership division for many years. The positive and dedicated support she provides for the team in the most mundane of tasks is invaluable.

Be Supportive & Enthusiastic

Mark Domenici

Winner

Mark embodies the definition of a true volunteer. His work and communication is second to none and his maturity, support and enthusiasm have seen him become a highly valued member of our Herpetofauna team.

Accept & Take Responsibility

Ellen Wilson

Highly Commended

Ellen’s enthusiasm, commitment & strong work ethic have made her an invaluable member of the Carnivore Unit’s volunteer program. Ellen knows the work routines so well she completes tasks without being asked. Ellen shows her true support by enthusiastically passing on her knowledge and skills to students and new volunteers.

Accept & Take Responsibility

Brian Skingsley

Winner

A true quiet achiever, Brian has been collecting and analysing attendance data on our volunteers for more than 10 years now. His yearly and monthly reports are vital to the volunteer programs team to assist with planning, recognition and even checking if our volunteers are OK.

Show Dignity & Respect

Rosemary Dunn

Highly Commended

Rosemary, a Volunteer Coordinator since 1995, is described by her workmates as someone who works with dignity, enthusiasm, kindness and fairness. She has a lovely way with all volunteers and visitors treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Show Dignity & Respect

Bernie Hollamby

Winner

Bernie has been a volunteer for about 15 years and has always been the model of a gentleman. He is consistently courteous to his fellow volunteers and the general public. Bernie shows a genuine interest in others, making a point of farewelling each of the volunteers by name before leaving each day.

Innovate & Take Initiative

David Blair

Highly Commended

David is an enthusiastic and creative Guest Services Volunteer who is always thinking of new and interesting ways to engage with our guests. David constantly develops his knowledge and strategies for imparting new pearls of wisdom for our visitors. David’s sense of humour and friendly open nature means he and our guests always have a fantastic time.

Innovate & Take Initiative

Liz Hind

Winner

Liz is our enrichment-making guru. Christmas candles, gingerbread meerkat houses, frozen ‘fishicles’ and Easter egg piñatas, Liz is always busy cooking up a storm. Liz is always happy to support and teach her skills to others, approaching all of her work with a smile and a joke.

Clear and Simple

Robyn Best

Highly Commended

From the day Robyn joined the Taronga Training Institute, she has been the most amazing asset to our team. Hardworking, thorough, efficient and enthusiastic, she will happily tackle any task we give her no matter how tedious, repetitive, complex or involved it may be. Robyn gets straight to the point and is not afraid to make suggestions about ways we can improve our systems and processes and we truly value her ideas and her great sense of humour.

Clear and Simple

Maz Boz

Winner

Maz is always positive, upbeat and keen to help and learn as much as he can. He always offers great suggestions and simple solutions to problems, and is keen to help regardless of the task. He has become a real asset to the Marine Mammals team.