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City rewards selfless volunteers

Published Wednesday, 15th March 2017

The extraordinary dedication and commitment of conservation and community services volunteers has been acknowledged at a celebratory event hosted by the City of Wanneroo.

Mayor Tracey Roberts and award winner

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Volunteers Appreciation Dinner was a small token of thanks for the tireless efforts of those who regularly give their time and energy to help others in the community.

“What sets these volunteers apart is the heart with which they approach their volunteering, it is the spirit of giving that keeps our communities connected and strong and weaves the fabric of our society,” Mayor Roberts said.

“Our volunteers are truly selfless in putting the needs of others before themselves and those qualities are thoroughly worth recognising and rewarding.

“I am incredibly proud to know we have so many community-minded people in the City of Wanneroo.”

Three people nominated by their peers for outstanding commitment, dedication to their role and for their service to the City were presented with volunteer excellence awards:

  • Yvonne Mahon Keep Tapping Tidy
  • Eric Byleveld Community Transport
  • John Beaton Community Transport

More than 120 special guests attended the dinner at Bridgeleigh Reception Centre on 10 March.

View photos from the function

The City’s Community Services volunteers work across a wide range of areas:

  • assisting clients with their day-to-day activities, social support and social outings at the City’s day centres at Quinns Rocks, Alexander Heights and Wanneroo
  • driving groups of elderly residents to and from shops with the shopper bus service, and aiding them with errands and unpacking
  • one-on-one grocery shopping for Home and Aged Care clients.

“We are also very appreciative of our toy makers who create beautifully hand-crafted wooden toys for the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal; our volunteer resource centre assistants; and the Justices of the Peace who provide a weekly signing service.”

Conservation volunteers from 11 environmental groups operate across the City and include conservation event guides and participants.

These groups include Quinns Rocks Environmental Group, Keep Tapping Tidy and Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park, Rufus Park, Ashley/Conti Reserve, Koondoola Bushland, Landsdale Conservation Park, San Teodoro Park, Da Vinci Park, Voyager Park and Marangaroo.

Other volunteer groups will also be honoured at dinners throughout the year.

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