Atwell’s ‘Old Pearl’ honoured with Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer award


Inspirational Volunteer of the Year Pearl Kellar.       Picture: Matt Jelonek          d463050
Inspirational Volunteer of the Year Pearl Kellar.       Picture: Matt Jelonek         d463050

AN Atwell resident with a passion for conservation has been crowned Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer for 2016.

Pearl Kellar claimed the Environmental and Animal Protection Volunteer category before picking up top honours at the City of Cockburn’s annual awards night.

Mrs Kellar, who chatted to the Gazette prior to heading off on a well-earned cruise, said the win was a shock.

“It really was a big surprise,” she said. “You never actually expect to win.”

Mrs Kellar, known affectionately as “Our Pearl” to members of the Harvest Lakes Residents Association (HLRA), has gained a reputation for her work rejuvenating Harmony Lake.

As co-ordinator of the HLRA’s environmental sub-committee, the tireless volunteer was the driving force behind the Lake in Harmony project, which has led to the popular recreation spot being transformed into a thriving sanctuary for wildlife.

Despite her efforts, Mrs Kellar said she could not have done it without the help of her fellow volunteers.

“There’s a hardcore group that come back every year,” she said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”

Mrs Kellar was one of 99 nominees across six categories in this year’s accolades, which commemorate International Volunteer Day.