Nominate your hero
CHANTEL James understands the importance of volunteers and the value of recognising the priceless contribution made by so many in our community.
The Henley Brook resident is president of Camp Autism, which organises camps and day activities for children on the autism spectrum to attend with their families.
Like most people at the top of a not-for-profit organisation, Ms James has a hand in pretty much everything, from camp planning and fundraising to attending camps, running the activities and handling member inquiries.
Last year Ms James was acknowledged for her devotion, enthusiasm and tireless efforts for Camp Autism by being named the Seasons Community Champion.
The award is a joint initiative of Seasons Funerals and the Community Newspaper Group.
It also earned Ms James a new voluntary responsibility, as a judge for this year’s award.
“It is a really nice honour to be nominated by your peers because what you are doing is being seen and noticed by the people you are working with,” she said. “Importantly, it can also bring prominence to your organisation.”
Seasons Director Erin Erceg said people in the funeral industry bore witness to amazing life stories every day, but believed they should be shared earlier.
She urged people to show appreciation for their unsung heroes when the Community Champion award opens for nominations on Monday. “What so often strikes a chord for us at Seasons is just how many people there are out there actively giving back to the community, and yet they are often not acknowledged,” she said.
“Nominating someone who gives so willingly of their time and energy to others is really the ultimate way to say thank you.”
Camp Autism president Chantel James.