2015 National NILS Conference Award winners

The 2015 NILS Conference Awards recognise outstanding contributions from NILS programs, workers and volunteers across six categories: most innovative program, best news story, best capital stewardship, fastest growing established program, volunteer of the year, and the Gavan Podbury Award for NILS excellence.

A panel including Good Shepherd Microfinance’s Provider Manager and Quality Assurance Manager and a representative from National Australia Bank assessed entries and selected winners.

The quality of nominations for this year’s awards was exceptional, and choosing winners proved a difficult task. The 2015 categories and winners are:

The Gavan Podbury Award for Excellence
For having gone above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations for this award can be for a program or an individual.

Winner: Lynne Payne, BaptistCare
Runner Up: Danita Bond, NILS Network of Tasmania

Most Innovative Program
For developing a new or innovative approach that has enabled the NILS program to better meet the needs of the community.

Winner: The NILS Network of Tasmania
Runner Up: Macarthur NILS

Best News Story
For demonstrating the power of NILS to connect and change lives. 

Winner: Manning NILS
Runner Up: Anglicare Liverpool NILS

Best capital stewardship
Most improved capital stewardship between 2013 and 2014 for programs that did at least 50 loans in 2014.

Winner: Townsville NILS

Fastest growing established program
Fastest growth of programs that did at least 50 loans in 2012 (measured from 2012 – 2014)

Winner: Tableland Community NILS

Volunteer of the Year
For having shown exceptional dedication to the delivery of NILS over a sustained period. One award will be given per State / Territory.

NSW: Bruce Heid, Byron Community NILS
QLD: Marilyn Davies, Community Care Beenleigh NILS
SA: Raelene Benier, UCare Gawler
TAS: Cynthia Clements, NILS Network of Tasmania
VIC: Annette Charles, Dandenong Community Advice Bureau NILS
WA: Ros Pugsley, WA NILS

Further details about the winners and their contribution to the national NILS network are available here.

Winners were awarded prizes generously donated by The Good Guys. In addition, the 2015 Gavan Podbury Award is sponsored by Suncorp.

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