VOLUNTEERS from across the northern suburbs were recognised for their contribution to the community on Tuesday morning.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough hosted the event at Woodvale Secondary College’s Trade Training Centre, with 100 hospitality students providing the 40 volunteers with morning tea.
Earlier this year Mr Goodenough invited community groups to nominate two dedicated volunteers they believed should be acknowledged.
“We had a fantastic response from sporting, community service and faith groups, all with inspiring stories of volunteers selflessly giving up their time to serve their community,” Mr Goodenough said.
Some of the groups acknowledged included Joodalup Men’s Shed, Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park, Lions Club of Whitfords, C3 Hepburn Heights and The Spiers Centre.
Joy Whyatt, who has been volunteering at The Spiers Centre in Heathridge for more than two years, said he took great satisfaction in organising social events for the centre.
“When people come to us, you can see the stress on their face but being able to make them feel valued and supported and seeing the smile on their face when they leave makes it all worthwhile for me,” she said.
Pianist Phyllis Bawden has been lending her musical talent to the Whitfords Anglican Community Church for the past 10 years.
She said she had no idea why she was going to the morning tea.
“I’m just glad that all of the money my parents spent on piano lessons didn’t go to waste,” she said.
Mr Goodenough said he was glad the volunteers could be recognised for their efforts.
“We should all be grateful for the thousands of unpaid hours these volunteers give to make our community the great place it is,” he said.