Community, animals, nature the focus for Cockburn’s inspirational volunteer of the year

The City of Cockburn's 2018 Inspirational Volunteer of the Year, Christine Duckham. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488979 communitypix.com.au.
The City of Cockburn's 2018 Inspirational Volunteer of the Year, Christine Duckham. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488979 communitypix.com.au.

WHETHER it be people, animals or the environment, the City of Cockburn’s newest Inspirational Volunteer of the Year does not discriminate when it comes to lending a hand.

Hamilton Hill’s Christine Duckham volunteers at community organisations such as the Hamilton Hill Community Group and Hub, Friends of Dixon Park, Friends of Clontarf Hill and the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor.

Ms Duckham, who also won the Environmental and Animal Protection category during the December 2 awards night, was chosen from more than 60 nominees.

She said she enjoyed giving back to her community.

“I have always been interested in making a difference in the community where I live,” she said.

“I believe that sometimes people feel powerless to change the bigger issues that society faces and working within the local community is somewhere where small but important changes can be made.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said she was a deserving recipient.

“Christine’s volunteering frequently sees her protecting threatened species, organising planting and clean-ups,” he said.

Other winners included the Historical Society of Cockburn’s Joy Parnell (Arts and Culture category), Cockburn Seniors Centre’s Nigel Tinson (Volunteer with Disability), Coogee Basketball Club’s Natalie Mippy (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander), Cockburn Community Men’s Shed’s Alan Gowland (Community), Southern Lions Rugby Union Football Club’s Michael Penhaligon (Sport and Recreation) and Beeliar Community Voice’s Alexander Campbell (Youth).