WELL-known local identity Jan McGlinn is Alcoa Peel Volunteer of the Year.
Youth Volunteer of the Year is Mandurah Catholic College student Jamie Anne Madigan while Mum’s Cottage took the award for Volunteer Organisation of the Year.
The awards were presented at a ceremony on the eastern foreshore last night.
Mrs McGlinn has been a committed volunteer for 46 years.
When Peel Branch of the Seniors Recreation Council Inc was established in 2002, she was involved as a volunteer, initially as secretary and then as branch president, a position she still holds.
She has been a driving force in a wide range of activities, including the Strong on Your Feet and Double Dip programs.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said it was her involvement in, and commitment to, advocacy and advancement for seniors that was eminently worth of recognition.
“Her energy and personal commitment to everything she does is an inspiration and example to us all,” he said.
Jamie Anne Madigan was described as a natural leader not affected by peer pressure, active in all areas of Mandurah Catholic College and the community as displayed by an intensive list of activities.
An excellent role model for other students and motivated by values of compassion, service to others and humility, she takes part in a variety of sport, achieves academically and is a very hard worker and foundation member of the Social Justice Committee – created because she felt is was something the college needed to promote social justice issues.
WA Mum’s Cottage is committed to building stronger families through intervention, with a drop-in centre that is open and welcoming five days a week and totally resourced by committed volunteers and community support.
By offering the service to families in the region, Mum’s Cottage contributes to the health and well-being of the community by listening to and resourcing those in need.
It also contributes to the community by encouraging social connectedness in its activities and networking and support with other local agencies.
With more than 100 visitors to the cottage a month, it is able to have a big impact on women needing support emotionally, financially and socially.
Initiatives include offering basic skills where women learn craft, sewing, debt reduction and budgeting, baby massage, art and cooking.
Life memberships were presented to Albert Rodgers (24 years), Marie Finch (15 years) and Delys Griffin (11 years).