Six from Gosnells, Armadale recognised at Burt Volunteer Awards

Burt MHR Matt Keogh (standing-centre) with finalists and winners of the Burt Volunteer Awards.
Burt MHR Matt Keogh (standing-centre) with finalists and winners of the Burt Volunteer Awards.

SIX volunteers from across the south-eastern suburbs were acknowledged for their contribution to the local community at the recent Burt Volunteer Awards.

More than 50 people were nominated for the awards, which recognised the dedication of locals to emergency, community, sporting, youth and senior organisations in the area.

Dale Pekel, who manages the Welfare and Community services facility at the Anglican Parish of Gosnells, won the emergency services category, while Lions Club member Ted Watts won the helping seniors category for his work teaching technological skills to seniors.

Ambulance cadet, Darling Range Wildlife Rescue volunteer and Lumen Christi College Young Vinnies member Chloe Hazebroek won the youth category and Armadale Senior Football Club volunteer Bob Sutherland was named the recipient of the sport award.

Rounding out the winners, Ben Boekholt and Terry Brown were both given a Burt Volunteer Award, Mr Boekholt for his work with the Salvos Fire Emergency team and Lions Club and Mr Brown for numerous volunteer roles in the City of Gosnells in the last 34 years.

Burt MHR Matt Keogh said it was important to acknowledge the role volunteers play in the community.

“Volunteers like the ones I met on Saturday do what they do, not for recognition but because of their generosity of spirit,” he said.

“In Burt and indeed across the country we would be at a loss without our dedicated community services that work so hard to make our community a better place, to change the story for our neighbours and friends.

“Congratulations go to all those nominated and the winners, and thank you to all our community organisations and associations for everything you do.”