Heartfelt Thanks to the City's Volunteers
More than 260 volunteers were thanked at the City’s Volunteer Recognition Function on Friday, 18 November, with 29 awarded the Mayor’s Valued Citizen Award for their contribution of 10 years or more service to the Melville community and three awarded the Youth Citizenship Award.
The volunteering community were joined by special guests and City of Melville Deputy Mayor Aubrey to celebrate at the newly revitalised Wireless Hill Park venue, providing a beautiful natural backdrop for the evening.
Guests commenced the evening with an exclusive viewing of the Botanica Exhibition at Wireless Hill Museum, and were entertained throughout the evening by effervescent MC Verity James of ABC Broadcasting fame and musician Courtney Murphy playing his beautiful white baby grand piano.
City of Melville Deputy Mayor Aubrey said the City looked forward to the opportunity each year to thank its volunteers by hosting this special event in their honour.
“I know that many volunteers prefer to work behind the scenes – to make a quiet but significant difference in their chosen role, but tonight, we want to put you in the spotlight. We want to share your incredible efforts with the community and say a very sincere thank you for all you do,”
“Volunteers are such important pillars of our community – providing invaluable support to so many important causes. Each of you devote your time, your energy and your admirable passion for the benefit of others. You are an incredible asset to the community,”
“Congratulations and thank you to all our recipients in 2016 – volunteering is a selfless gift that connects people, makes a difference to individual lives and strengthens our neighbourhoods,” said Deputy Mayor Aubrey.
29 volunteers were presented with the Mayor’s Valued Citizen Award, recognising long serving volunteers in the Melville community, in an unpaid role for 10 years or more.
Mayor’s Valued Citizen Award Winners
- Jason Braunstein, 10 years, Willagee Community Centre
- Evan Biggs, 20 years, Neighbourhood Watch Group (City of Melville)
- Valmai Olney, 20 years, Neighbourhood Watch Group (City of Melville)
- Paul Garbutt, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Cathy Grasso, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Kathleen Paterson, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Maureen Pallot, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Irene Golding, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Harry Collins, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Dick Blom, 17.5 years, Community Information Centre
- Carol Filippi, 11 years, Melville History Society
- Jenny Shalders , 33 years, Melville History Society
- Helen Robson , 11 years, Melville History Society
- Malcolm Shalders , 12 years, Melville History Society
- Kelly Green , 13 years, Capital Community Radio
- John Chamberlain , 13 years, Capital Community Radio
- Lynne Wells, 13 years, Capital Community Radio
- Michaela Collingwood , 13 years, Capital Community Radio
- Rodney Culley , 11 years, Capital Community Radio
- George Azar, 25 years, Amalgamated Melville Homing Club
- Leo Monaco, 16.5 years, Melville Cares
- Malihe Gabriel, 10 years, Melville Cares
- Ron Hunt, 14.5 years, Melville Care
- John Wigham, 10 years, Kardinya Junior Football Team and 20 years, Salvation Army
- Annie Carswell, 18 years, St John of God Hospital
- Elaine Hedley, 16.5 years, St John of God Hospital
- Lydia Read, 12 years, St John of God Hospital
- Lyn Guppy, 16 years, St John of God Hospital
- Sylvia Hodgkinson, 15 years, St John of God Hospital
Youth Citizenship Awards were also presented, recognizing three school age students who have contributed to their school or local community.
Youth Citizenship Award Winners
- Samantha Romeo from Santa Maria College
- Tara Lord from Applecross Senior High
- Jake Fedele (Waller) from Corpus Christi College
Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet banquet by Nosh Catering and a dessert buffet by gluten free specialist Takin' the Cake. The picturesque outdoor setting was complimented by white linen tables and ghost Tiffany Chairs supplied by Cockburn Party Hire and Grandscene Wedding & Events respectively.
More information about the 2016 Volunteer Recognition event and photos from the evening are available to view at www.melvillecity.com.au/volunteering.
The Melville Volunteer Resource Centre (MVRC) is a service established by the City of Melville to make it easier for people to access information about volunteering, volunteer positions and community organisations.
The Centre also acts as a support resource for over 180 community organisations in the City of Melville that are seeking volunteers and is gratefully supported through funding from the Department of Local Government and Communities.
For more information about volunteering or to find a position that suits you, contact the MVRC today on 9364 0662 or visit www.melvillecity.com.au/volunteering.