Australia’s Volunteer Champion – Margaret Bell AM

Margaret BellMargaret Bell, AM is the first patron of Volunteering Australia. Margaret has a long history of championing volunteering and has made an extraordinary contribution to the sector both nationally and internationally.

Margaret’s professional career includes:

  • Director Participatory Research Institute of Asia
  • International Consultant Commonwealth Foundation UK
  • Founding Director of CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation; and
  • Member of the CIVICUS Corporate Engagement Task Force worldwide in partnership with Prince of Wales Business Forum, World Bank and United Nations Development Forum.
  • Immediate Past President IAVE, International Association for Volunteer Effort 1996-2003

World President of IAVE 1988-1996

  • IAVE envoy to the United Nations 1996-2002
  • Founding Director of the Australian Council for Volunteering 1994-1997
  • President/CEO of Volunteering Australia 1997-1998
  • Executive Director of Volunteering NSW 1984-1997
  • Member of the inaugural Prime Ministers Round Table on Business/ Community Partnerships Founding President/CEO Chain Reaction Foundation
  • Director International Board of Advice Corporate and Social Responsibility Deakin University

Margaret was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1991 and has been honoured by the United Nations in being declared a world leader on volunteering and community development.

The Margaret Bell ‘Spirit of Volunteering Oration’

The Margaret Bell Spirit of Volunteering Oration was established in 2008 to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary contribution of Margaret Bell to volunteering, nationally and internationally.

The inaugural Margaret Bell Spirit of Volunteering Address
Towards volunteering for the future

Margaret Bell AM
12th National Conference on Volunteering – Catch the new waves
Radison Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland
3-5 September 2008

The 2010 Margaret Bell Spirit of Volunteering Oration
Robert Fitzgerald AM

13th National Conference on Volunteering – Initiate. Discover. Examine.
The Sebel and Citigate Albert Park, Melbourne
28-30 October 2010

The 2011 Margaret Bell Spirit of Volunteering Oration
Volunteers and Modern Change-agents

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
The National Conference on Volunteering 2011 – Inspire. Challenge. Influence.
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland
28-30 November 2011