Glenorchy City Council recognised efforts of volunteers in the community at its 25th annual volunteer awards for 2018.
These awards recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to the Glenorchy community and the wider Tasmanian community.
The hard work and dedication of 105 volunteers and two groups were acknowledged at this year’s event, with five local community stalwarts honoured with special awards.
Among the special award recipients were Aurora Disability Services’ Diane Jordan and Suzanne Johnston, Rotary Club of Claremont’s Eric Myers, German Australian Association of Tasmania’s Martin Palecek and AYC Netball Club’s Peter Brockman.
Mr Palecek said he has been a member of the German Australian Association of Tasmania for over 20 years.
“In the beginning I was just a member and then started helping with cooking every second month on a Sunday. I do volunteer bar and cook schnitzels. The position of licensee became available so I also took that on in a voluntary role” he said.
“I feel good looking after the club members and enjoy seeing the smile on their faces after enjoying a good feed. It’s basically my second home. Small clubs like ours probably wouldn’t happen without volunteers. If you are a volunteer, you put your heart into it.
Peter Brockman has been an active member of the AYC Netball Club for close to 20 years. He has supported the club and its members in many ways, having coached at various levels, been a coach mentor, team selector, and committee member.
Diane Jordan and Suzanne Johnston commenced volunteering with Aurora well over 10 years ago. They have both been involved with a wide range of activities and programs during this time, holding various committee positions, tutoring trainees in a raft of areas, assisting with social, fundraising, craft and catering activities and also supporting participants on an interstate trip which many hadn’t experienced before.
Eric Myers has been an active Rotarian for over 20 years, having been heavily involved with the Rotary Club of Claremont since 2004 which has seen him contribute to many community projects and fundraising activities. Recently he has been instrumental in the development and construction of the "Walk of Remembrance" and Seat Shelters for a children's playground at Windermere Bay, stewardship of both installations has now been handed to Glenorchy City Council.
Mayor Kristie Johnston said our city would be a very different place without the support and contribution of our volunteers, who contribute to the full range of community life.
“Research shows that volunteers live happier and healthier lives, as they feel like they are giving back to our community. Of course the community is also happier as well! It is so appropriate that during National Volunteer Week we recognise the contribution of our wonderful volunteers who make our community such a rich and vibrant place,” she said.
“Many of the activities we enjoy so much would simply not happen without volunteers. Without volunteers, there would be no sporting clubs, no parents and friends supporting our schools, no op shops and organisations such as local Neighbourhood Houses would be extremely different places to service the community. We have a community that requires a lot of support and thankfully we have a culture of helping each other out.
The theme for National Volunteer Week this year was “Give a little. Change a lot.” This theme represents the millions of volunteers who make a significant impact in their communities and on society, by giving a little of their time.
Glenorchy City Council is proud to have organised one of thousands of events held across the country during this week to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer and generously give their time to various causes.