Minister Presents 2017 Western Australia Volunteer Service Awards

Minister Presents 2017 Western Australia Volunteer Service Awards

Western Australia Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray

Western Australia (WA) Volunteer Service Awards Recognise Selfless Contributions

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  • 104 volunteers honoured at today’s Western Australia Volunteer Service Awards for contributing more than 3,790 years of service to the community
  • Western Australia Volunteering Strategy launched; Thank a Volunteer Day grants open

Kingsley woman who has volunteered for the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia for 62 years is among those being recognised at today’s (May 7) Western Australia Volunteer Service Awards.

Judy Hebiton began stewarding in the society’s cattle and sheep section in 1955.  Over the past six decades, she has served the organisation as a cattle inspector for competitions and co-ordinated junior farmers.

Volunteering Minister Mick Murray presented the awards at Crown Towers in the lead up to National Volunteer Week, Monday, May 8 to Sunday, May 14.

“Awards are a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to volunteers like Ms. Hebiton who make a significant contribution to the community every day.” Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray said.

“Volunteers play a vital role in Western Australian communities making a social, economic and cultural contribution to the State valued at about $39 Billion annually.”

Recipients are nominated for 25 years or more service, or 50 years or more continuous service to one organisation.

Western Australia Volunteer Service Awards saw the launch of the WA Volunteering Strategy. The strategy outlines the McGowan Government’s commitment to the volunteering sector and is a call to action for the whole community to support volunteering.

“This doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work and commitment from volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations and they deserve our support.” Minister Murray said.

Minister Murray also encouraged people to apply for the Thank a Volunteer Day grants which opened this week. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for community organisations to host events or activities.