She said recognition of their work was a positive example of the rewarding nature of volunteering, but agrees it’s also nice for people to know their efforts have been appreciated by others.
Rebecca (15), a passionate youth advocate and Kolbe Catholic College student, who has volunteered with the Rockingham Youth Advisory Council since 2010 and fundraises for Silver Chain, has since gone on to be a finalist in the 2013 WA Youth Awards.
Nominations for the City of Rockingham’s 2013 Community and Volunteer Awards are open until June 21 and the individual categories are Inspirational Adult Volunteer, Inspirational Young Person Volunteer, Inspirational City of Rockingham Volunteer, Inspirational Indigenous Leadership and Inspirational Neighbour, with the winner of each receiving $250 and a $250 donation to a community group of their choice.
The groups and organisations categories are Schools Project, Community Inclusion and Strengthening Community, with $1000 for each winner to be used on a new or existing program.
‘I encourage everyone to have a think about the people in their lives who are quietly working away making a difference to our community,’ said Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels.
‘Perhaps they are the type of hero that doesn’t look for recognition but gives so much to those around them. These are the people and groups we want to hear about and reward.’
Download a nomination form from www.rockingham.wa.gov.au or pick up a copy from the City administration building on Civic Boulevard.