Awards a chance to recognise WA’s top volunteers

WA Volunteer of the Year 2017 award winner Raalia Wheeler. Picture: Jon Hewson d469229
WA Volunteer of the Year 2017 award winner Raalia Wheeler. Picture: Jon Hewson d469229

THE peak organisation behind thousands of WA volunteers is gearing up to celebrate the wonderful people who generously give their time and talents.

Nominations have opened for the annual WA Volunteer of the Year Awards and volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams urged people to take the opportunity to recognise a special person or organisation.

“These awards serve to highlight the outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations that make WA a better place to live,” she said.

“We look forward to showcasing these incredible volunteers and organisations who are doing amazing work in our communities.”

There are about 600,000 volunteers in WA, from corporate organisations delivering services to the mums and dads who help out junior sport.

Last year Raalia Wheeler was named the WA Volunteer of the Year from among WA’s 600,000 volunteers.

After fire destroyed Dwellingup in 1961, Mr Wheeler was inspired to built an airfield on his rural property in Coolup and has maintained it ever since as one of WA’s most crucial firefighting bases.

Nominations for this year’s awards close on March 9. Winners will be announced during National Volunteers Week.

NOMINATE YOUR TOP VOLUNTEER

Head to https://awards.volunteeringwa.org.au/the-categories/ before March 9 to nominate your choice for any of these categories:

WA Youth Volunteer of the Year

WA Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering

WA Volunteer for Multicultural Communities

WA Volunteer of the Year Award

WA People’s Choice ‘Spirit of Volunteering’

WA Excellence in Volunteer Management

WA Corporate Volunteer of the Year

WA Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year