SIXTEEN-year-old Samantha Chisholm has won the City of South Perth’s Junior Volunteer of the Year for the significant contributions she has made to her local community.
The Como Secondary College student was nominated by teachers Alyson McIntyre and Renae Grjlusich for her participation in the school’s Community Service Program at the Aegis Balmoral Aged Care Centre and the work she has done with the Esther Foundation in South Perth.
The Community Service program involved visiting the aged care centre for an hour, once a week over four months.
Samantha said she interacted with the residents in a variety of ways including playing board games, doing a quiz competition and generally talked with them about their life experiences.
“Most people came once or twice but a core group of us attended regularly and got to know the seniors,” Samantha said.
“They liked seeing us, especially in our school uniform; I think it reminded them of their school and their families.”
In its 11th year , City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the awards were a great opportunity to acknowledge the 52 nominees for their commitment and service to the community.
“I am constantly inspired by the generosity of spirit of members of our community who step forward and give of their time and talent selflessly,” she said.
Samantha has also volunteered her time at Blue Bird Cafe and has been a volunteer leader at Loftus Centre Church for over three years.
City of South Perth’s Volunteer winners
Volunteer of the Year: Patricia Pinkus
Young Volunteer of the Year: Matthew Dos Santos
Junior Volunteer of the Year: Samantha Chisholm