Self­less ser­vice

Pro­vid­ing hap­pi­ness through so­cial in­ter­ac­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

THANKS, JUNE: Monto's June Loader is Wide Bay Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Award for the North Bur­nett.

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