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Honorary Life Membership

RSPCA Victoria Honorary Life Membership nominations are now open!

Nominations can be submitted online via the online Nomination Form.


Our members, volunteers and supporters are the lifeblood of our organisation, bringing skills, passion, and commitment to our cause.


Awarded by the Board of Directors, Honorary Life Membership is the highest recognition given by RSPCA Victoria, celebrating the significant support provided by our volunteers and supporters for their impact on the lives of animals in need, and improved community behaviour toward animals.


We are committed to recognising the valuable contributions and commitment of individuals from this community, and encourage you to nominate a person who has demonstrated our values, and meets the below eligibility criteria today!


Please submit your Honorary Life Membership nominations via the online or hard copy form by no later than Wednesday, 31 July 2019.


Hard copy nomination forms are available on request via: Rubin Itman, Major Giving Coordinator P: (03) 9224 2280, E: ritman@rspcavic.org.au

Honorary Life Membership was awarded for the first time in 2008, according to new eligibility guidelines and criteria. This new policy extended the criteria to ensure that people who previously may not have been considered for nomination, were eligible.

For more information including eligibility criteria, view
Honorary Life Membership Nomination Policy.


At our 2018 Annual General Meeting on 24 October 2018, Honorary Life Membership was awarded to:

Roy Poyser

Roy Poyser has been a significant supporter of RSPCA Victoria since 1987. He is a major donor, bequestor and lifelong lover of animals. Roy also joined as an Life member in 1988.

Over the last 2 years Roy has generously funded the RSPCA Peninsula redevelopment which will significantly improve customer interactions to ensure the enhancement of animal adoption; provide a safer environment for employees, volunteers and our beloved animals; and help our inspectors to investigate animal cruelty complaints in the region. 

Roy's support in Peninsula has helped transform RSPCA Victoria's capabilities in the region and this much needed re-development is greatly appreciated by the staff and volunteers on site. 

Julie Deamer

Julie Deamer has been a volunteer and friendly face at RSPCA Burwood East for over 23 years. Julie joined as a volunteer customer care assistant in 1995 and has been consistently supporting our customer care team and utilising her special skills to not only support our customers but also the animals in our care.

Julie provides friendly, helpful service to RSPCA Victoria customers, supporters, staff and other volunteers. She is willing to help anyone visiting our Burwood East Centre and goes out of her way to make sure she exceeds their expectations by making sure they are happy with her service.

Every Sunday, Julie offers her special skills as a ‘pet detective’ by searching through many ‘lost pet’ websites to help the customer care team look for the owners of stray animals in our shelters when an owner cannot be found through the normal tracing processes. By doing this amazing work, Julie has been responsible for reuniting many animals in our care with their owners that may not otherwise have been found.

Joyce Nadort

Joyce has been a volunteer at the Bendigo Op Shop for 22 years as well an RSPCA Victoria member for 24 years. Joyce not only volunteers her time to the Op Shop but is also an outstanding role model in her position as the volunteer Team Leader where she inspires and motivates her team in Bendigo.

Joyce is dedicated to supporting the RSPCA and often goes above and beyond, rallying the Op shop volunteer team to hold regular raffles and sell cakes, in addition to their regular roles of sorting and selling donated goods. She has a genuine desire to enhance the future for animals by raising awareness and communicating to the local Bendigo community of RSPCA Victoria and the goals we plan to achieve. Joyce is remarkably dedicated and committed, she is always respectful and considerate to the community members that shop and donate to the Op shop.

Marjorie Wallace

Marjorie Wallace has been a strong supporter of RSPCA Victoria since 1984 when she first joined up as a Life member. She has been a valued donor for over 30 years and has generously supported our appeals with significant gifts that have made a tremendous impact. Marjorie also became one of the valued 'matched givers' for RSPCA Victoria's inaugural 'Give to Get Them Home Day' recently held on 4 October 2018, inspiring the community to give generously.

In addition to these gifts, Marjorie has been a dedicated and ongoing monthly giver for over 7 years, guaranteeing continuous funding for the shelter’s most essential day to day needs such as food, bedding, vet care and toys for animals coming into the care of RSPCA Victoria every day.  

Elaine Smeaton

Elaine has been a dedicated volunteer at the RSPCA Victoria Peninsula site for over 20 years and in that time she has become a valued member of the Peninsula team.

Rain, hail or shine Elaine always turns up for her volunteer shift in the cattery at Peninsula with a smile on her face and with a willingness to take on any task needed. 
She has a caring and compassionate nature, a great love for animals and a real sense of friendship. She shows great initiative, is not afraid of hard work and never fails to brighten the spirits of those around her.

Elaine has been a valued donor of RSPCA Victoria for 30 years and an RSPCA Victoria Adult member for 24 years, joining up for membership in 1994.

Lois Morris

Lois has been a dedicated volunteer at the Geelong Op Shop for 26 years. Lois’s dedication to the RSPCA Geelong Op shop is very much recognised and appreciated by the staff and volunteers in the region.

Lois commenced her volunteering with the RSPCA Geelong Op shop when it was in the location of Pakington Street, Newtown. Lois was walking by one day and noticed a sign in the window, stating; "Volunteers are needed, or the shop will close', Lois walked in and immediately offered to help. She was asked if she could start volunteering the following Monday afternoon.

That was the start of Lois' commitment and dedication to the RSPCA Geelong Op shop. Since then, Lois has rarely had a day off or taken holidays. She remains entirely dedicated to make the Geelong Op Shop successful and thriving.



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