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Nominations for Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Thank A Volunteer Day awards close on November 11

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Shire president Paula Cristoffanini and deputy Shire president Julia Meldrum with last year’s joint Volunteer of the Year award winners Brendan Jordan and Sally Hays, and Youth Volunteer of the Year, James Ransley.
Camera IconShire president Paula Cristoffanini and deputy Shire president Julia Meldrum with last year’s joint Volunteer of the Year award winners Brendan Jordan and Sally Hays, and Youth Volunteer of the Year, James Ransley. Credit: Supplied

Residents are urged to get their nominations in for this year’s Volunteer of the Year Awards before registrations close next week.

The awards run annually as part of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s vision for an inclusive, welcoming community, seeking “to recognise and reward those who generously donate their time to make our community a better place to live”.

Nominations were open for the prime volunteer of the year honour as well as a youth volunteer award for residents aged 12 to 25.

Shire president Paula Cristoffanini said the awards were an important way to recognise the “enormous and vital role” volunteers played in making a difference to people across the community.

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“Volunteers are behind almost every local endeavour in the arts and community events, wildlife care, emergency services, sport, environmental causes and more,” she said.

“Many people work tirelessly and quietly behind the scenes making a real difference to people’s lives in our community.

“Whether it’s a vital role in emergency services or a helping hand at a community event, each and every volunteer contributes to the greater good by donating their time and dedication,” she said.

The awards were also enshrined in the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan 2040 to promote “welcoming, inclusive and healthy communities” by recognising the crucial contribution of volunteers.

Nominations close on Friday, November 11, with a ceremony as part of Thank a Volunteer Day celebrations on December 8 the Margaret River Heart.

Cr Cristoffanini urged anyone with someone in mind should collect a nomination form from the Shire offices, libraries, recreation centres or the Heart.

“Please take a moment to nominate them so we can collectively celebrate their contribution,” the Shire president said.

Visit amrshire.wa.gov.au/volunteering for more information.

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