2018 Volunteer of the Year Recognition Function
25 May 2018
Over 100 of our community volunteers joined Council at its Volunteer Recognition Function on the 24th May, in conjunction with National Volunteers Week.
Held in the Memorial Hall George Town, Guest Speaker, 2018 Tasmanian Hero of the Year, Judi Adams spoke passionately about the voluntary work she does raising funds for Breast Cancer, and in other areas of her local community. Judi inspired the 100 guests present, and congratulated everyone on their own ability to give a little time to their local community. 36 community organisations present were recognised with a Certificate of Appreciation for their respective organisation.
This year’s National Volunteer Theme of “Give A Little, Change A Lot”, was at the forefront of this year’s event. Mayor Bridget Archer said all volunteers bring so much to the organisation they are involved with, and in turn to our community. Skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership, and inspiration. In our time poor world, they bear the gift of time.
From the words of Desmond Tutu….. ‘Do a little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.’…..
Five nominees were received for this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Ringsgswandl Family from Pipers River – Craig, David, Emily, Andrew and Susan, recognised for their dedication to the Pipers River Fire Brigade;
Mr Winston Mason, recognised for his supervision of the Work for the Dole Program, and his involvement with the George Town Cricket Club;
Robert and Jill Bell – recognised for their commitment to the residents of Southern Cross Care (Ainslie), and the George Town Senior Citizen’s Club;
Lucas Weston – recognised as a young person who gives much time to the George Town Neighbourhood House and parkrun George Town;
Fiona Hills – recognised for her dedication to the George Town Soccer Club. (award accepted by Mrs Dayle Clark)
Above : Robert & Jill Bell, Lucas Weston, Winston Mason, three members of the Ringswandl, Dayle Clark (accepting on behalf of Fiona Hills).
Council congratulates this year’s Award Winners
- 2018 Volunteer of the Year – Mr Winston Mason
2018 Young Volunteer of the Year – Mr Lucas Weston
Following the presentation of awards, guests remained for light refreshments provided by the George Town Trade Centre catering students, with assistance from students from Port Dalrymple. What an amazing job by these students, so very much appreciated.