HERE’S TO AMAZING VOLUNTEERS
The tireless work of volunteers has been honoured
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.