Salwa was the recipient of 2022 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award in the Education category. She received her certificate of recognition from the Hon Sharon Claydon MP in the award ceremony held in Friday 22 April 2022 in the South Merewether, Llewellyn street, Newcastle.

For the last four years, Salwa has demonstrated considerable contribution towards student community and the broader NSW community. Recently, as a volunteer in 2022 NUmates International student program and as a peer mentor, she provided support to new international students to settle into university life.

In addition, Salwa has been committed as international student representative in the university Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee. She provided suggestions and perspectives dealing with international students’ issues and helped promote cultural diversity on campus.

Salwa said that doing volunteer work is not only a relaxing and energising escape from day-to-day routine of study or work but also it provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. According to her, when it comes to volunteering, passion, positivity are the only requirements.

Salwa and other award recipients.

In terms of volunteering outside university, Salwa has been deeply engaged by volunteering her time after hours such as she gets involved in AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program) Volunteer Tutor Program by teaching English to migrants and refugees in TAFE NSW.

Her passion in promoting multiculturalism also made her excited about helping the Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) in Newcastle by assisting in services and programs for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

As her background is in education, currently, she is a CISA (The Council of International Students in Australia) National Education Officer volunteer by helping with researching and reviewing policies concerning international education and to advocate for the interests and needs of international students in Australia.

On Wednesday 6 April 2022, Salwa also shared her experience as an international student in the 2022 Regional NSW Education Showcase held by Study NSW.

Salwa pictured with her nominator, Prof Tim Robert and the Hon Sharon Claydon.

Salwa has gone above and beyond helping other international students and the wider community. Therefore, due to her tireless efforts and direct impact on communities, she was selected as the winner of Volunteer of the Year Award in 2021 Student Experience Award and as a highly commended in 2021 Student Employability Achievement Award at the University of Newcastle.