Cadets named finalists for State award
The Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corps have been named as one of three finalists for a prestigious State volunteering award.
The cadets, who are all Tom Price Senior High School students aged 12-18 and form one of the largest cadet corps in the State, are in the running for the Volunteering WA award for Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year.
The award is one of eight the not-for-profit group gives out during National Volunteer Week in recognition of “above and beyond” volunteering services.
Tom Price cadet corps co-ordinator Nicole Kelly said it was “an honour” for the town’s hardworking young volunteers to be recognised.
“For a small regional town this is a huge accomplishment,” she said.
“The cadets ... pride themselves on helping others. Completing over 3000 hours of community service last year, it is a testament to their character, respect and hard work.”
The cadets have won a number of awards in the past, but this is their first nomination from Volunteering WA.
Ms Kelly said the importance of volunteer work was well-recognised in Tom Price, where it had significant and lasting positive impacts.
“Without volunteering our community would stop,” she said.
“The Emergency Services Cadet Corps is all about helping others and providing the cadets with the skills and knowledge that one day they can use to help save a life, property or community.
“This program has helped our volunteer emergency services brigades and units to retain numbers.”
Volunteering WA awards co-ordinator Jane Mason said the Tom Price cadet corps were one of a number of impressive nominations they had received from regional WA.
“Each year the number of regional nominations increases, which is very exciting because studies indicate that four out of five WA residents Statewide volunteer, sharing happiness and enriching our quality of life and social cohesion,” she said.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Perth on May 11.
Cadet instructor Simon Davidson, centre, and the Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corps sandbagging for Cyclone Rusty.