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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE pub­lic is be­ing en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate vol­un­teers who make a dif­fer­ence in the City of South Perth for an im­por­tant award.

Nom­i­na­tions for the 2016 Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards are open for three cat­e­gories – Ju­nior Vol­un­teer of the Year, which is for peo­ple un­der 18, Young Vol­un­teer of the Year, which is for 18 to 25-year-olds, and the main prize Vol­un­teer of the Year.

Peo­ple have un­til Septem­ber 30 to nom­i­nate some­one with the win­ners to be an­nounced on De­cem­ber 5, Thank a Vol­un­teer Day.

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the coun­cil was look­ing for vol­un­teers who made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“We are look­ing for mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic to nom­i­nate vol­un­teers who re­ally have gone over and above their roles as vol­un­teers,” she said. d457773

“Vol­un­teers play a vi­tal role in our com­mu­nity, they con­trib­ute in so many ways whether it is so­cially, cul­tur­ally or eco­nom­i­cally and our City values the enor­mous pos­i­tive role these peo­ple play in our com­mu­nity.”

“Per­son­ally, vol­un­teers gain new ex­pe­ri­ences and in­sights, cre­ate con­nec­tions with peo­ple and it is a way of giv­ing back and help­ing oth­ers, pro­vid­ing them with a sense of ac­com­plish­ment.”

Ms Do­herty said or­gan­i­sa­tions like the South Perth Youth Net­work was an ex­am­ple of a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion that helped the com­mu­nity by de­vel­op­ing lo­cal pro­jects, events and ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple within the city.

“Each year SPYN is heav­ily in­volved with the plan­ning and im­ple­ment­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties and events for Na­tional Youth Week,” she said.

South Perth Youth Net­work vol­un­teers Ja­cob Mel­lor (16), Ryan Wre­ford (15), Jor­dan Fisker (12) and Tika Chambers (16)

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