Tire­less vol­un­teer recog­nised

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Mitchell Wood­cock

Wa­roona’s Mike Walm­s­ley has been re­warded for his years of pub­lic ser­vice by win­ning the Vol­un­teer­ing Award at the West­ern Aus­tralia Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards at the Hy­att Re­gency last Fri­day night.

Mr Walm­s­ley vol­un­teers for a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mit­tees and is a well-re­spected Shire pres­i­dent as well as the pres­i­dent of the Wa­roona West Fire Bri­gade.

He coached the lo­cal foot­ball team for a decade and was the vol­un­teer chair­man of the Quam­bie Park Aged Care Fa­cil­ity.

Mr Walm­s­ley won the Shire of Wa­roona Mer­i­to­ri­ous Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award in 2015 for his ded­i­cated work in the com­mu­nity as a vol­un­teer.

“I looked at some of the things I do get through and I do spend a bit of time in the com­mu­nity, but it is a com­mu­nity that I love,” he said.

“Be­ing part of a small com­mu­nity and get­ting to know some of the peo­ple who men­tor you, who don’t even know you, in­stil a sense of vol­un­teer­ing into you. There is vol­un­teer burnout, as it is the same peo­ple do­ing the same stuff all the time.

“My spe­cial thanks to my fam­ily. My beau­ti­ful wife and chil­dren. They have given me the chance to go out and do the stuff that I en­joy.”

Be­ing part of a com­mu­nity . . . in­stils a sense of vol­un­teer­ing into you. Mike Walm­s­ley

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Michael Walm­s­ley, of Wa­roona, left, re­ceives his WARACA vol­un­teer­ing award.

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