Nom­i­na­tions a ‘thank you’ to vol­un­teers

Midwest Times - - CHARITY - Last year’s award win­ners Abby Hen­nighan, Mered­ith Sim, Trevor Wann, Ker­rie Wann and Is­abel An­dreassen.

Ger­ald­ton’s hard­work­ing vol­un­teers have a chance to be recog­nised for their ef­forts in the 2017 Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards.

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the ninth year of the awards, hosted by Cen­tacare Fam­ily Ser­vices.

Cen­tacare com­mu­nity vol­un­teer ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor Kristy Greyson said nom­i­nat­ing would give the gift of thanks and recog­ni­tion.

“Each year, about 80 per cent of West Aus­tralians aged 15 years and over give their time for the good of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Vol­un­teers play a vi­tal role in West Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties, mak­ing a so­cial, eco­nomic and cul­tural con­tri­bu­tion to the State con­ser­va­tively val­ued at $39 bil­lion an­nu­ally.

“Vol­un­teers cre­ate, sup­port and sus­tain or­gan­i­sa­tions, de­liv­er­ing ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties that are es­sen­tial to our com­mu­nity.

“We be­lieve that mean­ing­ful recog­ni­tion is one way to mo­ti­vate, re­tain and en­cour­age vol­un­teerism, which is why we hold the Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards each year.

“Th­ese awards are a mean­ing­ful way to cel­e­brate the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of the many vol­un­teers, or­gan­i­sa­tions and events that make a dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­nity.”

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion of the year award, youth vol­un­teer of the year award and the vol­un­teer of the year award. Two new cat­e­gories will also be recog­nised this year, in­clud­ing the vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing event of the year and the vol­un­teer manager of the year award.

All nom­i­nees and nom­i­na­tors will then be in­vited to at­tend an awards cer­e­mony at Queens Park The­atre, on Na­tional Vol­un­teer Day on De­cem­ber 5.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Cen­tacare web­site at cen­tacare ger­ald­ton.org.au.

Pic­ture: Mi­randa Gre­gory

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