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Media release:6 December 2017

Volunteers celebrated at annual thank you event

Eighty volunteers representing over 25 community volunteer organisations, and their families and friends, attended the 2017 Thank a Volunteer Day sundowner at the Margaret River Shire Offices on Tuesday 5 December 2017.
Hosted by the Shire, the annual event is an opportunity to thank and celebrate the work of the 230 active local volunteer who dedicate countless hours support the community through various means.
The event was also an opportunity to announce the winners of the annual volunteer awards with recipient being as follows:
Volunteer of the Year – Winners

Sally Izod

Stuart Carrick

Volunteer of the Year -  Certificates of Appreciation

Ben Arrow

Cynda Miles

Narelle Rodley and

Sally Hays

Youth Volunteer of the Year - Winner

Alex Kingston

Youth Volunteer of the Year - Certificate of Appreciation

Louise Dumpleton

Regional achievement and community award 2017
Certificate of Achievement Semi
Category of RAC volunteering award

Lyn Serventy -  in recognition of 30 years of volunteering.

Shire President Pam Townshend expressed her gratitude towards the volunteers, saying they were instrumental for many projects, groups, services and facilities to function.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our community; their invaluable contribution of time, work skills, life experience and continued support make a significant difference in many sectors across the Shire,” she said.
“Without their commitment many local committees, organisations, events and services would simply cease to function.”
The Thank a Volunteer Day event coincides with International Volunteer Day, which was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated on 5 December each year.
The Department of Local Government and Communities who provide a small event grant to assist the Shire acknowledge the dedication of our local volunteers.
The judging panel for the awards was Shire President Pan Townshend, Deputy Shire President Julia Meldrum and 2016 Volunteer of the Year Alan Alexander.
Thank you to event supporters:

Shaun Palmer and Margaret River Camera Club for the official event photos

Artzability for providing the decorations

Johnny B Biscuit for providing the juggling show

Thank you to donating businesses who contributed in excess of $1200 worth of refreshments and gifts for the event:

Arts Margaret River

Sunflower Animal Farm

Brew Shack


Food Room

Cowaramup Brewing Company

IGA Riverfresh

Settlers Tavern

Margaret River Chocolate Company

Cullen’s Wines

Watershed Wines

Voyager Estate

Summary of winners achievements: 

Sall Izod
Sally has volunteered for the St John’s Ambulance Service for the past 5 years. Initially an ambulance driver she continued her training and is now a qualified volunteer, second in skills only to the professional paramedics.
She is one of the training officers at the post, volunteers on a roster and makes herself available to attend emergencies that other cannot attend.
She is the first to be called when additional assistance is required and often makes herself available 7 days a week. Sally applies herself to this volunteer role willingly, professionally and always with a smile. Sally shares her knowledge in training and whilst out on call.
She demonstrates the importance of teamwork and mutual support. Her willingness to be available at all hours of the day and night demonstrate her true commitment to helping others in the community.

Stuart Carrick
Stu has displayed dedication and commitment and given many hours through his role in the Organic Gardens. He has taken on the hardest and most valuable tasks of compost production and grounds management, regardless of challenging weather or circumstances.
Stu has maintain the Organic Gardens to a high standard over the past five years by keeping the grounds mowed, whipper snipped and through creating compost of high quality to feed the gardens.
The garden has never looked so good, nor has it had such high usage by a wide sector of the community including Transition Coffee Club and primary and secondary school visits from Busselton, Bunbury and Margaret River.
Stu also runs composting classes and gives talks to school children, always harnessing his initiative, remaining highly committed and displaying self-motivation. He is an inspiration to visitors, school groups.
Alex Kingston
Alex has volunteered at Eagles Heritage, a local animal rehabilitation centre, since 2014 with his role including such things as keeping the pathways of the park clean and tidy, chatting to visitors about the raptors and general feeding, training and caring of the animals.
In addition, Alex also spent some time volunteering with a FAWNA carer in Augusta.
Alex is a very dedicated volunteer. He is reliable and has a natural ability in relation to animals and conservation. He is very loving and kind and is always willing to offer his time and energy to the organisation.

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