Our most selfless rewarded
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.