Providing happiness through social interaction
MONTO’S June Loader has been recognised for her efforts in volunteering.
She was awarded the 2013 General Volunteer of The Year for the North Burnett.
June and her husband Noel have been living in retirement in Monto for nearly seven years and her sense of volunteering for the town has been evident for nearly as long.
Mrs Loader’s list of volunteering service includes Meals on Wheels, Presbyterian Church and Montonians.
The 68 year old has a life of volunteering going back to school tuckshops.
“I enjoy volunteering because it gives people a chance to be happy just through providing a social connection,” Mrs Loader said.
“It is good to feel useful and really I just want to be doing things to keep busy.
“It’s what country towns are all about, helping each other and working as a team.”
While not volunteering her time for others June’s main recreation is lawn bowls.
Mrs Loader has been Montonians convenor with Nancy Peardon for three years.
The Montonians is a meeting group for Monto residents aged over 50 and makes donations to organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctors, Rotary Lodge in Bundaberg and Ridgehaven Retirement Complex.
Mayor Don Waugh was unable to attend the Monto and District Community Volunteers Awards Ceremony.
An afternoon tea was arranged at the Monto Council Chambers for the mayor to personally congratulate June on her award.
THANKS, JUNE: Monto's June Loader is Wide Bay Community Volunteer Award for the North Burnett.