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Volunteer Awards nominations for 2019/2020 now open

4 September 2019

Nominations for Mayor's Valued Citizen, Mayor’s Youth Citizenship, Mayor’s Community Champion Awards and Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards now open.

Nominations are now open for the City of Melville’s 2019 Mayor's Valued Citizen, Mayor’s Youth Citizenship and Mayor’s Community Champion Awards, as well as the 2020 Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards.

Mayor Aubrey said the City’s Melville Volunteer Resource Centre (MRVC) played a key role in the community, supporting volunteers and volunteer based groups with information and resources, as well as promoting the benefits and significance of volunteering to the wider community.

“Funded by Department of Communities and City of Melville, the MRVC has been connecting organisations like Guide Dogs WA with local volunteers since its opening in 2003,” said Mayor Aubrey

Puppy Raising Coordinator Leonora Flower said Guide Dogs WA had nominated Melville resident Karen Spowart for the Mayor’s Community Champion Award, recognising her work in raising her second puppy – Archie - for Guide Dogs WA.

“Volunteering as a puppy raiser means that Guide Dog Archie will be given the best possible start on his journey to becoming a working dog, who one day, will change the life of a Western Australian living with low vision, disability or illness,” said Leonora.

“City officers from our MVRC team recently worked with Guide Dogs WA to produce a film promoting their available volunteer positions, and this demonstrates one of the many ways the MVRC works with organisations to find amazing people in the community who willingly donate their time and energy by volunteering and create a real sense of community,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“We thank all our volunteers for their significant and outstanding contributions to making our City a better place for all, and because we believe it is important to recognise their efforts we encourage people to nominate volunteers they know for the annual awards.”

Anyone can be nominated for an Australia Day Active Citizenship Award, volunteers who have given 10 years or more service to one organisation can be nominated for a Mayor’s Valued Citizenship Award and students who have volunteered for more than a year can be nominated for a Mayor’s Youth Citizenship Award.

The Community Champions Award recognises outstanding volunteers who have made a significant contribution to their organisation or community through volunteering.

Recipients of the Mayor's Awards will be invited to a volunteer recognition event at Wireless Hill Park on Friday, 15 November 2019 to receive their award, while recipients of the Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards will be officially recognised at the Australia Day Active Citizenship Breakfast Ceremony on Sunday, 26 January 2020.

For more information or to nominate an outstanding citizen in your community for any of these awards, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/volunteer-awards before Friday, 18 October 2019.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/volunteer-awards  or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

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