Volunteers applauded for year of work in Augusta Margaret River Shire

Eighty volunteers representing over 25 community organisations, as well as their families and friends, attended the 2017 Thank A Volunteer Day sundowner at the Margaret River Shire offices on last week. 

The annual event is an opportunity to thank and celebrate the work of the 230 active local volunteers who dedicate countless hours supporting the community through various events and efforts across the year. 

The event was also an opportunity to announce the winners of the Shire’s annual volunteer awards. 

Volunteer of the Year – Winners

Sally Izod

Stuart Carrick

Volunteer of the Year -  Certificates of Appreciation

Ben Arrow

Cynda Miles

Narelle Rodley

Sally Hays

Youth Volunteer of the Year - Winner

Alex Kingston

Youth Volunteer of the Year - Certificate of Appreciation

Louise Dumpleton

In recognition of 30 years of volunteering

Lyn Serventy

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Shire President Pam Townshend expressed her gratitude towards the volunteers, saying they were instrumental in the ongoing function of many projects, groups, services and facilities.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community; their invaluable contribution of time, work skills, life experience and continued support make a significant difference in many sectors across the Shire,” she said.

“Without their commitment many committees, organisations, events and services would simply cease to function.”

The Thank A Volunteer Day event coincided with International Volunteer Day, which was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated on December 5 each year.

The judging panel for the awards was Shire President Pan Townshend, Deputy Shire President Julia Meldrum and 2016 Volunteer of the Year Alan Alexander.