2005 Volunteers of the Year

Diana Cooper, Quota International of Alstonville-Wollongbar, NSW

Diane Cooper is the second from the left.

Diana Cooper

Quota International of
Alstonville-Wollongbar, NSW

Diana Cooper first visited Quota International of Alstonville-Wollongbar after attending a Quota social evening in 1999; she became a club member the following year. As an active member of the Quota International of Alstonville-Wollongbar Board of Directors, Diana has contributed many original and innovative fund-raising ideas and has worked tirelessly and at the forefront to see these ideas through to fruition.

Diana holds an Associate Diploma in Business Administration. She moved to Northern Rivers in 1994 and commenced employment as the Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University. This full-time position is extremely demanding, but Diana is always smiling and quietly achieving her Quota goals.

Diana has chaired the Art and Craft Fair Committee since 2003 and was directly involved with running the annual Craft Fair, a major club fund-raising event. Diana also served as a community representative on the ‘Our Kids’ committee, a self-funded charity working to improve health services for children in the Northern Rivers, and in 2004, Diana spearheaded the organization of their very successful Ocktoberfest in Lismore.

Because of Diana, QI of Alstonville-Wollongbar has been involved, both formally and informally, with the ‘Our Kids’ projects. For the last six years, Diana has organized the Southern Cross University’s staff Christmas party and, with a captive crowd of hundreds, has taken the opportunity to raise funds for ‘Our Kids’ projects, via raffles, auctions, and the like. She also single-handedly organized a Tsunami Toy Appeal, ensuring amazing support from Quota members, Southern Cross University staff, and members of the community. Diana organized the sorting and packing of donated toys (and 60 computers!) for shipment to orphanages in regions hit by the Tsunami.

In addition, Diana, who has made a number of exquisite quilts as raffle prizes for various community projects, has also given the hospital children’s ward a quilt to keep. Last year, Diana’s family and friends helped her celebrate her 50th birthday with a fabulous party, where many people paid tribute to her generosity of friendship. Diana gives so much to her community, in so many ways. She exemplifies community service, and so it is with great pride that QI of Alstonville-Wollongbar nominates Diana Cooper as its 2005 Volunteer of the Year!

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