Volunteer chief goes


Mara Basanovic  flanked by Homeless Connect volunteers Jill Griffiths and Joanne Pollard.       
       Picture: Andrew Ritchie  d448242
Mara Basanovic flanked by Homeless Connect volunteers Jill Griffiths and Joanne Pollard.               Picture: Andrew Ritchie d448242

Before departing last month, Ms Basanovic praised WA’s strong culture for volunteering, with research showing four out of five people in some manner give time and effort to help their community.

That includes 12,000 registered volunteers who helped Volunteering WA fill 20,000 known positions of need last year and an untold number of unregistered volunteers who helped others in their own special way.

Ms Basanovic said through her time at the top in WA, there had been a shift in attitude to acknowledging and recognising the contributions of volunteers, making it now more acceptable to sing the praises of the often humble unsung heroes of society.

The highest honours are awarded annually, with nominations open now for the WA Volunteer of the Year and several other category awards.

“We have a strong culture of volunteering in Western Australia but we always have to remember to say ‘thank you’,” Ms Basanovic said.

Corporate and school requirements provide a backbone to the volunteering sector, which was worth a mind-boggling $17.575 billion in WA last year. Ms Basanovic considers volunteering the State’s largest industry by employment.