Meet Our 2021 Winners
Fantastic Foster Family
Graham Markwell, Fantastic Foster Family, New Plymouth
Graham is one of the incredible volunteers at SPCA’s New Plymouth Centre, where he generously gives his time each week by doing things like mowing the lawns, collecting from donation bins and fostering vulnerable animals.
Graham’s been volunteering at SPCA since he suffered a stroke 12 years ago and could no longer run his business. Since then he’s made a difference to the lives of hundreds of animals by opening his home through fostering. During last year’s lockdown he had 16 animals in his care!
We’re so proud to present Graham with this year’s SPCA Purina National Volunteer Award for Fantastic Foster Family. A huge thank you to Graham and all the volunteers who help SPCA!
Most Devoted Volunteer
Jackie Mitcalfe, SPCA Thames
Jackie’s been volunteering at SPCA’s Thames Centre for the last 20 years, and over those two decades has had a remarkable impact on the Centre, staff and the animals.
Jackie volunteers four days each week and on top of that, goes above and beyond to fundraise for SPCA by coordinating Cupcake Days, organising and selling raffles and even conning her friends to jump out of planes for SPCA’s Jump to the Rescue fundraiser!
Jackie has won the SPCA Purina National Volunteer Award for Most Devoted Volunteer. Thank you so much to Jackie and all the other volunteers who help to keep our Centres running!
Outstanding Young Volunteer
Katie Storey – outstanding young volunteer
Katie’s been volunteering at SPCA’s Masterton Centre for two years, and has become somewhat of a kitten whisperer! She somehow manages to get the shyest cats to trust her, and she’s fostered countless litters during the busy kitten season – many of which require bottle feeding and need constant monitoring.
Katie’s won this year’s SPCA Purina National Volunteer Award for Outstanding Young Volunteer. We’d like to thank Katie and all the incredible young volunteers who devote their spare time to helping our animals!
Going The Extra Mile
Fiona Holliday – Going The Extra Mile, SPCA Taupō
Fiona is one of the amazing volunteers at SPCA’s Taupō Centre, who really goes the extra mile in everything she does. That’s why she’s won this year’s SPCA Purina National Volunteer Award for Going The Extra Mile!
Fiona gives us her time three days per week, and is a Jack of all trades. She socialises the animals, fosters cats and kittens, and even helped fix up some of the Centre’s rabbit cages. Thank you so much to Fiona and all of the incredible volunteers who generously give us their time each week!
Best Centre Volunteer team
Lisa White, Rod Willis & Liz Macpherson, Māngere
Meet Liz, Rod and Lisa! These three are part of the incredible team of volunteers who help out in the cattery at SPCA’s Māngere Centre in Auckland.
The trio has won the SPCA Purina National Volunteer Award for Best Centre Volunteer Team, thanks to their hard work, commitment and positive attitudes. They also show the animals so much love by always arriving early for their volunteer shift to squeeze in a few extra cat cuddles!
Thank you so much to Liz, Rod and Lisa for everything you do for SPCA, and to all our Centre volunteers around the country.
Best Op Shop Team
Motueka SPCA Op Shop, Best Op Shop Team
Meet the wonderful team behind SPCA’s Motueka Op Shop, who volunteer their time each week to help raise crucial funds through the store.
The team of 17 has been selected as winners of this year’s SPCA Purina National Volunteer Award for Best Op Shop Team, for their unrelenting commitment to the store.
When a hail storm severely damaged the Op Shop on Boxing Day last year, the team rallied to help clear out the damaged stock, dry out the interior and clean it up. Thanks to these volunteers, the shop was back up and running within a few weeks!
SPCA would like to thank the Motueka Op Shop Team and all the incredible volunteers who help run SPCA shops around the country.
Meet Our 2020 Winners
Best Volunteer Team
Joss Grieve and Helen Welsh of Christchurch
Joss and Helen are at the SPCA Centre multiple days of the week, helping in any way they can. No job is too big or too small for them, and they always come up with innovative ideas to help around the centre. This team make sure the animals have clean blankets, are stocked up on food, and have plenty of socialisation!
Together, they have allowed the expansion of the foster programme, which means the centre can help hundreds of animals in need. Leading up to the Level 4 lockdown, Joss and Helen helped with the mad rush to get many animals out to foster, which made such a difference to these animals’ lives.
Fantastic Foster Family
Tracey, Dave, and Tanesha Thompson of Waipukurau
Tracey, Dave and Tanesha have volunteered their skills and experience to help with equine rescue through the inspectorate. This family has helped the SPCA to transport, treat and rehome eleven horses since they started volunteering with us. They have collected horses from Dannevirke to Omahu and lots of places in between. Looking after horses, is hard work.
It is time consuming medicating, grooming, feeding and socializing these big animals. They also take up a lot of room! Tracey and her family have a lovely stable, grooming area, yards and pastures for our horses to stay in and enjoy. They supply covers, extra hard feeds, halters and anything else our horses may require. They do all this because they absolutely LOVE horses.
Most Devoted Volunteer
Karen Sanson of Hamilton
Karen is not only a foster parent, but she saw how busy the centre was on Saturdays with the adoption rush, so decided to do something about it! She volunteered and helps on this day, and also created a roster of family and friends to help so the centre always has an extra pair of hands.
Karen doesn’t stop there; she loves to help fundraise! During lockdown, Karen had seven foster kittens, and she always take action to get things done. Karen is the type of volunteer who can be relied on 100% of the time and is truly exceptional.
Best Op Shop Team Volunteer
SPCA Second Chance Op Shop in Kamo (Whangarei)
The Second Chance Op Shop in Kamo is made up of a fabulous volunteer team. They have gone from strength to strength over the years, and every single day, a volunteer is going above and beyond of what is expected.
The shop is tidy, well-organised, and more streamlined in handling donations than ever before. Many volunteers in the store are retired and give up their time to share their talents and experience to keep the Op Shop running.
Going the Extra Mile
David Orr of Nelson Op Shop
David is an exceptional worker – he is known to do the job of two people! He spreads good cheer when he works, and even when he is not rostered on, he stops in every day to check on the Op Shop to see if they need extra help.
David has been described as a ‘human dynamo’ who keeps the place running smoothly. He is often seen putting up shelving, sorting the first aid kit, bolting racks together, and fixing the fittings and fixtures. David is also devoted to his dog, Hope, and is never seen without her. His positive attitude and kindness of spirit inspire everyone he comes across.
Outstanding Young Volunteer
Kerenapu Winiata-Katting of Rotorua
Kere has been a great mentor to new recruits guiding and helping new volunteers to learn procedures and protocols at the SPCA Rotorua Centre, and is always reliable and confident in handling the animals. She is a strong advocate for animal welfare and promotes these messages positively in her whanau and community.
Kere demonstrates a high degree of compassion and empathy for all animals in our care. We truly appreciate her contribution to our organisation and enjoy having her here as part of the Rotorua SPCA team.