Amanda recognised for selfless hard work
2017 Volunteer of the Year
GAYNDAH resident Amanda Wenck has been honoured by the Wide Bay Volunteers as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year in a ceremony at the Gayndah Town Hall.
Ms Wenck regularly uses her skills in graphic design to assist with a number of events throughout the year, including the Heartland Festival.
She was humbled by the award.
“It is an honour to be awarded,” Ms Wenck said.
“I think Gayndah has an incredible volunteer base, volunteers and local businesses are two of the back bones of the community.”
This is the second time this year Miss Wenck has been honoured for her contributions.
“I received the Volunteer of the Year Award for Australia Day for our region so I personally would have loved to see someone else get it because there are lots of people that do a lot,” Ms Wenck said.
“It’s still an honour to know what I do behind the scenes is seen and appreciated.”
Ms Wenck was nominated by North Burnett Regional Councillor John Zahl who highlighted her hard work in volunteering as a strong asset for the Gayndah community.
“Without her contribution many community events would not have been possible,” Cr Zahl said.
“She also volunteers endlessly with her church community.”
Ms Wenck said it was important for the residents to recognise the hard work of all the volunteers in their community.
“No volunteer does what
❝ No volunteer does what they do for public acknowledgement but it’s nice to know it is appreciated. — -Amanda Wenck
they do for public acknowledgement but it’s nice to know it is appreciated,” she said.
“Everything I’m a part of I work with a team of volunteers.”
Even in the spotlight Ms Wenck showed selflessness and praised her peers’ work.
“I think it’s really important when you see someone giving their time, effort and talent that we go ahead and nominate them so that their hard work is acknowledged publicly,” Ms Wenck said.
“I truly believe volunteers are what make small towns go around and I think everybody plays their part, I am just doing my small bit.”
VOLUNTEER: Amanda Wenck with Mayor Rachel Chambers and councillor John Zahl, who nominated her.