Appreciating our volunteers
CYNDI Roughan worked for the Cannonvale Library for four and a half years before retiring and deciding to volunteer. Why? Ms Roughan said volunteering allowed her to lend a helping hand and keep in touch with the friendships she had made.
“I knew they needed help and that was the main motivator because staffing was short and I just enjoy doing it and giving back to the community,” she said.
Linda Richardson is also a volunteer at the library, where she has “worked” for 12 months re-shelving books, putting stickers on videos and helping in any ways she possibly can.
“I’ve always loved libraries and I’ve always wanted to give something back,” Ms Richardon said.
“It’s incredible to know that something I’ve done has helped somebody.”
Last week was National Volunteer Week and volunteers like Ms Roughan and Ms Richardson were recognised throughout the Whitsunday community.
Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox showed his appreciation for the region’s volunteers at a morning tea hosted by the Cannonvale library last Thursday.
He said volunteer work was is an essential part of any community.
“It encourages friendships between strangers and friends and helps to build and inclusive society,” he said.
Ms Richardson said she would encourage others to get involved.
“It’s good fun and the library needs it,” she said.
THANKS: Cr Ron Petterson, Cyndi Roughan, Jen Rundle,Linda Richardson, and Cr Jan Clifford