Fifty one Victorian volunteers were recognised at the Premier's Volunteer Champion Awards in 2015. The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award 2015 was awarded to Mr Wayne Etcell for his outstanding contribution.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award

Wayne Etcell
CFA, Bail Justice, Justice of the Peace

Volunteering is a way of life for Wayne Etcell. For the past 42 years, Wayne has made an immeasurable contribution to the community starting with the Chelsea Surf Lifesaving Club at 16, and then the 1st Chelsea Scouts Group.

This early experience set the foundations for a lifelong commitment to voluntary community service which includes being a Justice of the Peace and Country Fire Authority member with the Tyabb Fire Brigade. In recent years Wayne has taken on the role of Honorary Bail Justice delivering a crucial after-hours service over a wide geographical area.

Wayne is highly regarded for his passion, dedication and professionalism. He is known for his strong desire to give back to the community and volunteering provides him with “an immeasurable source of personal satisfaction and enjoyment.”

Wayne embodies all of the characteristics of an exceptional volunteer.