Vol­un­teer an in­spi­ra­tion to the com­mu­nity

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

WHETHER it be peo­ple, an­i­mals or the en­vi­ron­ment, the City of Cock­burn’s new­est In­spi­ra­tional Vol­un­teer of the Year does not dis­crim­i­nate when it comes to lend­ing a hand.

Hamil­ton Hill’s Chris­tine Duck­ham vol­un­teers at com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Hamil­ton Hill Com­mu­nity Group and Hub, Friends of Dixon Park, Friends of Clon­tarf Hill and the Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Wildlife Cor­ri­dor.

Ms Duck­ham, who also won the En­vi­ron­men­tal and An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion cat­e­gory dur­ing the De­cem­ber 2 awards night, was cho­sen from more than 60 nom­i­nees.

She said she en­joyed giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity.

“I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity where I live,” she said.

“I be­lieve that some­times peo­ple feel pow­er­less to change the big­ger is­sues that so­ci­ety faces and work­ing within the lo­cal com­mu­nity is some­where where small but im­por­tant changes can be made.”

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said she was a de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent.

“Chris­tine’s vol­un­teer­ing fre­quently sees her pro­tect­ing threat­ened species, or­gan­is­ing plant­ing and clean-ups,” he said.

Other win­ners in­cluded the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Cock­burn’s Joy Par­nell (Arts and Cul­ture cat­e­gory), Cock­burn Se­niors Cen­tre’s Nigel Tin­son (Vol­un­teer with Dis­abil­ity), Coogee Bas­ket­ball Club’s Natalie Mippy (Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander), Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed’s Alan Gow­land (Com­mu­nity), South­ern Lions Rugby Union Foot­ball Club’s Michael Pen­haligon (Sport and Re­cre­ation) and Beel­iar Com­mu­nity Voice’s Alexan­der Camp­bell (Youth).

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488979

Chris­tine Duck­ham has been named the City of Cock­burn’s most in­spi­ra­tional vol­un­teer.

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