Teacher goes above and beyond
WHETHER you’re at a primary school event, a Little Athletics meet or watching a game of junior football, if it is happening in Gayndah it’s quite possible the success of the event was at the hands of Leah Trott.
The Gayndah State School teacher was announced as Volunteer of the Year at Gayndah’s Australia Day celebrations on Saturday and she was tickled pink with the unexpected accolade.
“I got a thrill just from hearing I was nominated, so that was a great surprise,” Mrs Trott said.
“I think volunteering is intrinsic, you get a real thrill out of volunteering and giving all the hours back.
“It’s not for the hours and it’s not for the pay, it’s to give back to our community.”
Mrs Trott said she got her volunteering tendencies from her father’s influence, as he volunteered in his own community groups for more than 55 years.
“So it’s just something you do,” she said.
“With all the volunteers around us here as well, we don’t get anything done without all of you, so to all of those people who have worked beside me, who have humoured me by saying ‘yes Leah, we will come help you cater or we will come help you do this’, thank you so much and I really appreciate this acknowledgement.”
Speaking at Gayndah’s Swimming Pool, North Burnett councillor John Zahl said the Volunteer of the Year Award was presented each year to a member of the community who had given outstanding service to their community for a number of years.
“No one will deny that is exactly what happened with the recipient of this year’s award,” he said.
“Since being staff of Gayndah State School since 1996, Leah has been involved in many external fundraising activities for the school and students.
“She has held positions on committees for junior football, Little Athletics and netball. She has volunteered in capacity of caterer, coach, groundsman and recorder.
“She has assisted other groups with the writing of successful grant applications and she has been a great asset to Gayndah’s community over many years, and continues to volunteer her time with a smile and a willing hand.”
CHAMPION VOLUNTEER: Leah Trott thanks her family and the community after receiving Volunteer of the Year at Gayndah's Australia Day Awards.