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