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Employee and Volunteer of the Year Awards


  • The person must be an employee or volunteer with a CSSWA member organisation.
  • They must be a current employee or volunteer.
  • They must have a minimum 5 years of history with their organisation.
  • They must exemplify at least one of the four pillars of Catholic Social Teaching.


Please email for the link to the online nomination form.

  1. Section 1: Fill in the nominee’s details.
  2. Section 2: Fill in the nominator’s details.
  3. Section 3: Please provide examples of the nominee’s outstanding work on at least one of the four pillars of Catholic Social Teaching (a description of the four pillars is provided).


Nominations will be called for and sent to all CSSWA members immediately after the CSSWA Council Members’ March meeting. Depending on the number of nominations, a shortlisting committee will be established to reduce the nominations to 3 in each category (Employee and Volunteer). Consideration and voting by the Board Members on the nominations at the June Board meeting.


Each recipient will be presented with a plaque and a $500 gift voucher; Award Recipients are advised in writing of the offer of an award one month prior to awarding ceremony scheduled for November; Recipients will be publicly acknowledged through The Record and appropriate electronic communication platforms.


Please contact Grace Kurniawan, Office Manager, at email, with questions you may have in regards to these awards.


Principle of Human Dignity

We believe that every person is made in God’s image. We believe that every person has inherent dignity and every life is sacred.

The innate dignity of each person is the foundation and inspiration of our vision for a just and compassionate world. We see the image of God in every person, no matter their circumstance. The women, men, and children most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice should not be hindered from living a life equal to their dignity.


Principle of the Common Good

We believe that humans are not only sacred but social and that we experience the fullness of life in our relationships with others. Working towards the common good requires a commitment from each of us to respect the rights and responsibilities of all people. We believe that every person is entitled to share in society’s resources. Every person is also responsible for sharing out society’s resources – the common good – with others. This extends beyond our personal interests, and beyond national borders, to our one global human family.


Principle of Solidarity

Solidarity requests that we see another person as a neighbour, a fellow human who is equal in dignity. Solidarity means recognizing the responsibilities we have to each other and taking an active role in helping others attain their full potential. This is more than just a feeling. It drives us to action. We are called by the principle of solidarity to take the parable of the Good Samaritan to heart, and to express this understanding in how we live and interact with others, not as a matter of charity, but of justice. Solidarity makes it impossible for us to look away from the injustices that our sisters and brothers experience.


Principle of Subsidiarity

Subsidiarity means that all people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. These decisions should be made at the appropriate level, by the people most affected by the decision. It also means that those in positions of authority have the responsibility to listen to everyone’s voice and make decisions according to the common good. Partnerships and collaboration amongst groups, including all levels of government and social institutions, are necessary to work toward a shared, unified vision for society.

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