Our most self­less re­warded

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ce­cilia Allen

Vol­un­teers from around the Peel re­gion were recog­nised at the Al­coa Peel Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards last week at Man­durah Off­shore Fish­ing and Sail­ing Club.

More than 80 peo­ple at­tended the an­nual awards which co­in­cided with Thank a Vol­un­teer Day.

Nom­i­na­tions came from a wide range of or­gan­i­sa­tions, groups and sport­ing clubs.

Peel Vol­un­teer of the Year was awarded to Manny Milonas who was recog­nised for his stew­ard­ship and devotion to the Peel branch Men of the Trees move­ment that is cen­tred in Man­durah.

The vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion has gained in­creas­ing promi­nence and re­spect in deal­ing with the land degra­da­tion prob­lems that are as­so­ci­ated with the mod­ern day de­vel­op­ment of the area.

Peel Youth Vol­un­teer was awarded to Michele Frost, who vol­un­teers with Peel Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vices — a free ad­vi­sory ser­vice to those on in­comes of un­der $50,000.

In her role as a vol­un­teer, she helps pre­pare doc­u­ments and con­ducts re­search for the or­gan­i­sa­tion that ben­e­fits the clients in the Peel re­gion and the team she is work­ing with.

Ms Frost at­tends court and as­sists the court ad­vo­cate with ten­ancy is­sues for peo­ple who would not nor­mally have ac­cess to rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Peel Com­mu­nity Group of the Year was awarded to Wa­roona Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice.

In Jan­uary, 2015, Wa­roona VFES faced one of the largest fires the Shire had seen.

In Jan­uary, 2016, they were faced with one of the largest fires in West­ern Aus­tralia’s his­tory, which was de­clared a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

The Wa­roona VFES as­sisted with around-the-clock bush­fire fight­ing and pro­vided sup­port and fa­cil­i­ties to in­ci­dent con­trol with lo­cal knowl­edge and ex­per­tise.

They have a very strong and ded­i­cated group of ap­prox­i­mately 27 mem­bers with count­less years of col­lec­tive ser­vice.

Sev­eral mem­bers have served 50 plus years with many oth­ers hav­ing served be­tween 20-40 years.

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