Atwell’s WA Volunteer of the Year Award finalist is a real Pearler

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

SHE is a local star and now Pearl Kellar is in line for statewide recognition after being nominated for a WA Volunteer of the Year Award.

Mrs Kellar, co-ordinator of the Harvest Lakes Residents Association’s environmental sub committee and the driving force behind the Lake in Harmony project, is in the running for People’s Choice ‘Spirit of Volunteering’ Award.

The Atwell resident known affectionately as “Our Pearl” was unsure where she would finish but had been overwhelmed by the response to her nomination.

“I’m just doing what I enjoy,” she said.

“It keeps me active; it keeps me on my toes.”

Mrs Kellar – who claimed two gongs at the City of Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer Awards in 2016, including top honours – said she was hopeful any prize money would be used on a special wildlife experience for children.

“If you can get the children’s’ attention then you can get the parents’ attention too,” she said.

“It doesn’t always go the other way.

“We could bring a wildlife group here, or maybe hire a bus and take some of the kids out to an animal rehabilitation centre to show them the animals being cared for.”

Cast your vote

Choose your most deserving at but hurry, time is running out!

The volunteer with the most votes will receive the 2017 People’s Choice ‘Spirit of Volunteering’ Award

By voting, you’re in a draw to win $1000 for your preferred volunteer’s not-for-profit organisation

Voting ends this Sunday (April 30)

The Finalists

Pearl Kellar – Harvest Lakes Residents Association

Lillian Donald – Food Rescue

Heather Donaldson – Salvation Army Emergency Services

Michelle Dunlop – The Grief Centre

Jean Eaton – Wheelchairs for Kids

Neil Johnson – Project Numbat Inc.

Raalin Wheeler – Wheeler Field Forward Fire Base

George White – City of Subiaco

Valda Wilson – Woman and Infants Research Foundation (King Edward Memorial Hospital)