HERE’S TO AMAZ­ING VOL­UN­TEERS

The tire­less work of vol­un­teers has been hon­oured

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH and Mt Perry women have been recog­nised for their ded­i­cated ser­vice to the North Bur­nett com­mu­nity as the re­gion’s over­all win­ners at an awards cer­e­mony in Gayn­dah.

Long ser­vice Vol­un­teer of the Year for 2017 was Bar­bara McKay of Mt Perry while Gayn­dah’s Amanda Wenck was named Vol­un­teer of the Year 2017.

Each town had nom­i­nated res­i­dents for the two awards and they were recog­nised by cer­tifi­cates from the Wide Bay Vol­un­teers Re­source As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mrs McKay has vol­un­teered for her en­tire life in Mt Perry.

She has been heav­ily in­volved in the town’s show for more than 50 years.

A life mem­ber of the Mt Perry Golf Club, Mrs McKay has been a long serv­ing mem­ber of the QCWA Branch.

She cur­rently vol­un­teers for Meals on Wheels.

Vol­un­teer of the Year Amanda Wenck was de­scribed as an as­set to the Gayn­dah com­mu­nity for her hard work in vol­un­teer­ing for many or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mit­tees.

With­out her con­tri­bu­tion, many com­mu­nity events would not have been pos­si­ble.

Ms Wenck has been re­warded by her Gayn­dah com­mu­nity, hav­ing been named Vol­un­teer of the Year at the Aus­tralia Day awards.

She is heav­ily in­volved with her church com­mu­nity and con­trib­uted in the Gayn­dah Carols by the River and Heart­land Fes­ti­val.

The mother of two also helps with graphic de­sign and print­ing for many events.

She also played a piv­otal role in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the 2016 Rugby League 47th Bat­tal­ion car­ni­val in Gayn­dah in­volv­ing 500 play­ers.

Biggen­den’s Vi Rack­e­mann ac­cepts her long ser­vice award from Cr Rob­bie Radel. BE­LOW: Elaine Cook, Jack McCon­nell, Geral­dine March, Henry Har­man, Liz Gormley and San­dra Martin with their cer­tifi­cates at the Wide Bay Vol­un­teers awards.

LONG SER­VICE VOL­UN­TEER: Bar­bara McKay be­ing con­grat­u­lated on her achieve­ment by North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers and Bar­bara’s hus­band Keith.

PHOTOS: COLIN NEATHERWAY

Henry Har­man ac­cepts the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award on be­half of his daugh­ter, Amanda Wenck.

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