Region’s volunteers recognised

Taelor PeluseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Award winners and highly commended volunteers with Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, City of Busselton youth development trainee Grace Richmond, and Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer Centre co-ordinator Carl Holroyd.
Camera IconAward winners and highly commended volunteers with Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, City of Busselton youth development trainee Grace Richmond, and Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer Centre co-ordinator Carl Holroyd. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Volunteers were celebrated right across the country this week as part of National Volunteer Week — and the Busselton-Dunsborough district was no exception

On Wednesday, the City of Busselton and the Busselton- Dunsborough Volunteer Centre co-hosted the Busselton- Dunsborough Volunteer of the Year Awards, recognising the tireless volunteers who dedicate their time to services, events, fundraising efforts and countless other causes.

Addressing attendees, Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said volunteers were “a precious resource in our community, underpinning the delivery of many services and events, as well as fundraising for a host of worthwhile causes”.

He highlighted the community’s response to the recent Old Butter Factory fire, describing it as a “great example of the community and its volunteers working together”.

“As devastating as the fire was, the level of immediate support was overwhelming,” Cr Henley said.

“The challenges faced and the challenges moving forward have demonstrated how collectively, volunteering and the need to volunteer impacts positively on our community.

“This sense of giving is truly inspiring.”

Nominations across five categories were assessed by the Volunteer of the Year Awards selection committee.

With the region’s strong track record for volunteers, volunteer centre co-ordinator Carl Holroyd acknowledged there were some difficult decisions to make.

The awards were held in conjunction with volunteer week — the theme of which was “give a little, get a lot” — and Mr Holroyd said it was a good opportunity for people to consider volunteering.

“The importance of volunteers cannot be underestimated,” he said.

“Some of our most vital community services, elderly care and transport, health and mental health, rural firefighting services and environmental awareness programs, rely heavily on a volunteer workforce.”

The event was supported by Volunteering WA, Lotterywest, Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, Forrest MHR Nola Marino, the Busselton-Dunsborough Times, and award sponsors.

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Danae Plowman was highly commended as a volunteer with less than three years service.
Camera IconDanae Plowman was highly commended as a volunteer with less than three years service. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Robert Withington was the volunteer with less than three years service winner.
Camera IconRobert Withington was the volunteer with less than three years service winner. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Bianca Gervasi was the youth (under 25) winner.
Camera IconBianca Gervasi was the youth (under 25) winner. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Tourism and events volunteer of the year Charmian Terry.
Camera IconTourism and events volunteer of the year Charmian Terry. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Brian Slee was highly commended in the seniors category.
Camera IconBrian Slee was highly commended in the seniors category. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Seniors category winner John Morris.
Camera IconSeniors category winner John Morris. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Heather Carroll was highly commended in the open category.
Camera IconHeather Carroll was highly commended in the open category. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Vasse MLA Libby Mettam congratulates Innes Barker, who was highly commended in the open category.
Camera IconVasse MLA Libby Mettam congratulates Innes Barker, who was highly commended in the open category. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times
Open volunteer of the year John Martin
Camera IconOpen volunteer of the year John Martin Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

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