About Us

VYA15_NewIn May 2015, SVPACT was named ACT 2015 Volunteer Team of the Year in the category “Education, Science and Technology”.

The School Volunteer Program in the ACT (SVPACT) was formally launched in October 2005 by the Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery and is modelled on the Western Australian program, which has operated since 1991.  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.

The experience so far

Experience so far: In December 2016, 150 volunteers were mentoring students in 40 ACT public schools and 1 college.  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 2018

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: Nola Shoring
  • Vice-President: Bob Greeney
  • Secretary: Melissa Sykes
  • Treasurer: Daniel Aherne

Committee members:

  • Wendy Cave
  • Michele Foley
  • Monica Pflaum
  • Christine Pilgrim
  • Mark Robinson
  • Judith Shackley
  • Carol Williams

Click here for a copy of the The School Volunteer Program ACT (SVPACT) Incorporated Rules.

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