The School Volunteer Program in the ACT (SVPACT) was formally launched in October 2005 by HE the Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery and is modelled on the Western Australian program, which has operated since1991. At the launch, three groups providing a similar service were merged; the SVP of the Rotary Club of Canberra -Weston Creek, the SVP trial at Charnwood Primary School with St Barnabas Anglican Church, and the Probus Club of Weston Creek “STYLE” program.
SVPACT was established in partnership with the ACT Department of Education and Training and is supported by the ACT Branch of the Education Union, and Rotary. It is also grateful for a number of community sponsors who contribute financially to support its activities.
In December 2012, 115 volunteers were mentoring students in 28 primary and 3 secondary schools. Students have responded positively to their mentors, and mutual respect has developed between the volunteers and students.
The SVPACT committee and volunteers have received community recognition, including Children’s Week awards for excellence, TV and press coverage.
The committee consists of current and former principals, teachers and volunteers with many years experience in community service. The Committee organises regular training and networking opportunities for the SVPACT volunteers.
The current Committee comprises:
- President: Pam Nicolson;
- Vice-President: Bob Greeney
- Secretary: Mal Ferguson
- Treasurer: Daniel Aherne
- Wendy Cave
- Pat Cooper
- Stephen Gilfedder
- Heather Girdlestone
- Elizabeth Laurie
- Rob Maron
- Mark Robinson
- Cathleen Timbs
Click here for a copy of the The School Vounteer Program ACT (SVPACT) Incorporated Rules.