Volunteer efforts applauded

Augusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River Hockey Club president Colin Fox and Junior Co-ordinator Maxine Williams, with Daisy the dog.
Camera IconMargaret River Hockey Club president Colin Fox and Junior Co-ordinator Maxine Williams, with Daisy the dog. Credit: Therese Colman

Suicide Prevention Margaret River’s Colin Fox and Youth Advisory Council member Tenille White were crowned volunteers of the year at an awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

Dozens of volunteers attended the Thank a Volunteer Day celebration at the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River offices, with certificates of merit given to other valued residents who give up their time for emergency, sporting, and social groups.

The volunteer award recognised Mr Fox starting SPMR as well as active roles in fundraising and with Margaret River Hockey Club, of which he is president.

“Through this organisation, he advocates for increased mental health awareness by presenting at sporting clubs, attending local events, posting on social media, hosting suicide prevention training sessions, and supporting community members during difficult times,” the award noted.

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Mr Fox “walks the talk”, according to one of his nominees.

Ms White was recognised as “a strong advocate for youth empowerment and homelessness” through involvement with local not-for-profit Just Home, as well as YAC.

“Tenille has personally supported many by organising food hampers and meals for those who need it,” her award notes said.

“She has also been heavily involved in providing cooked breakfasts for children impacted by financial hardship before they start school every day.”

Shire president Pam Townshend lauded the pair as well as all other volunteers.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community,” she said.

“Every day I see and hear about the dedicated efforts of community members working across our shire to assist others.”

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