- Awards recognise volunteers who have provided 25 years or more of voluntary service to one organisation
Volunteering Minister Mick Murray has congratulated the recipients of this year’s Volunteer Service Awards.
This year’s Volunteer Service Awards, presented by the Governor of Western Australia, Hon Kim Beazley AC, recognise 53 long-serving volunteers, including some who have dedicated more than 50 years of service to one organisation.
The ceremony coincided with International Volunteer Day, held around the world annually yesterday (December 5).
The theme for International Volunteer Day 2018 is ‘Volunteers build resilient communities’, and focuses on local volunteers who work to make their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and other crises.
The 53 winners were drawn from across Western Australia – with metropolitan award winners coming from local government areas including Rockingham, Stirling, Bassendean, Vincent, Joondalup, Wanneroo, Cambridge, Cockburn, Swan, East Fremantle, Canning and Mosman Park.
In the regions, winners hailed from Harvey, Plantagenet, Bunbury, Collie, Port Hedland, Pingelly, Yalgoo and York.
As noted by Volunteering Minister Mick Murray:
“The Volunteer Service Awards is an important means of thanking our volunteers for their efforts in building resilient and connected communities.
“International Volunteer Day is an opportunity to recognise and raise awareness of the outstanding contribution made by volunteers across our State.
“The actions of volunteers make a difference to so many, so often, and can influence and benefit a community for a long time.”