The Town of Cambridge Volunteer Awards are held annually to recognise individuals for their voluntary service within the community.
The awards presentation coincides with National Volunteer Week, which is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
The 2019 Volunteer Award Ceremony was held Friday 24 May 2019.
Particular mention should go to this year's deserving award recipients:
COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEER AWARD
Anita McSweeney for Buy Nothing City Beach, "Community and U" City Beach and City Beach Neighbourhood Watch Through Anita's drive, enthusiasm, positive approach and networking abilities, she has been able to increase connection and belonging in the community. Anita started the not-for-profit, grass roots, volunteer driven project "Buy Nothing City Beach" in 2016 and has solely built the group from zero members to 1,236 in two years. She also took over as Administrator of the Community Noticeboard, "Community and U" City Beach, a community platform for local residents to post local events and general community happenings, and has grown the membership of the group from 80 members to 844 in 12 months,. Anita has also set up Neighbourhood Watch in City Beach to get people to start working together to maintain a safer and more connected community and through her engagement and encouragement, there are now 41 Street Representatives, who meet regularly.
SPORT AND RECREATION VOLUNTEER AWARD
JOINT WINNERS- Jonathon Storey and Brittany Whitehead.
Jonathan Storey for Parkrun Perry Lakes Jonathan established the first, timed 5km run in Western Australia at Claisebrook Cove in 2012 and has assisted all other Parkruns throughout the state since that time. In 2018 he developed a 5 km course for Perry Lakes Reserve and has been running this weekly since September 2018. Each Parkrun requires considerable logistical input which Jonathan organises each week - a risk assessment, laying out the course, supervising parking for up to 100 cars, briefing the participants, coordinating around 12 volunteer roles each week and entry of post event race data for all competitors. He has trained others to be race directors and developed comprehensive instructions for volunteers to follow. Given the need to find 12 volunteers each week, there are now many people volunteering to assist at these events within the Town of Cambridge, which is likely to have far reaching benefits.
Brittany Whitehead for Perth Netball Association and City Beach Netball Club Brittany has been nominated for her dedication and enthusiasm over the past 7 years as a volunteer to the netball community, both at Perth Netball Association and local netball club City Beach Surfers. She has demonstrated her commitment to volunteering on multiple levels including as a coach, umpire and treasurer for City Beach Surfers and a selector, coach and umpire for Perth Netball Associations "Associations Representative Competitions" and as an Executive member of Perth Netball Association. The Perth Netball Association competition is one of the largest netball competitions in Australia with over 6,000 players in their Winter & Spring competition and more than 12,000 spectators each week. It is also recognised as one of the most significant contributors to sport participation by women and girls in the Perth metropolitan area. The dedication of Brittany to support the association in providing these opportunities through her various volunteering positions over the last 7 years is commendable.
Congratulations must also go to the other nominees who performed outstanding service to the community. Their valuable contribution to the Town cannot go without a mention. Kath Dawson for her dedicated service as Uniform Shop Co-ordinator and Class Representative Co-ordinator at West Leederville Primary School over the past six years. The whole West Leederville Primary School community benefit from Kath's voluntary service in some way. Erica Dobson Pratt for her exceptional voluntary service to the local community through her involvement with Perry Lakes Parkrun, The Repair Lab Wembley and the Wembley/West Leederville Buy Nothing Facebook group. She takes her responsibilities seriously, gives her all without complaint and brings her sense of humour to each of her roles which makes working with her a joy. Thank you to all volunteers for their dedication and contribution within our community. You all make a world of difference and the Town of Cambridge a better place.
The Town of Cambridge would like to thank all of our volunteers for their contribution to our community all year round.
2019 Volunteer Awards Night Gallery