Amanda recog­nised for self­less hard work

2017 Vol­un­teer of the Year

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

VOL­UN­TEER: Amanda Wenck with Mayor Rachel Cham­bers and coun­cil­lor John Zahl, who nom­i­nated her.

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