VOLUNTEERS were celebrated on Thursday at the annual Campaspe Community Volunteer Awards.
And Rochester’s very own Val Gledhill took out the top award.
Val was presented with the Individual Award at a morning tea hosted by Campaspe Shire deputy mayor Vicki Neele to coincide with National Volunteer Week which ran from May 21-27.
Cr Neele said the volunteer awards provide an opportunity to say thank you to our community volunteers who give up their time and work tirelessly for the benefit of others.
“The ongoing support and commitment of volunteers is the heart and soul of our vibrant community,’’ she said.
‘‘Our shire is a much better place thanks to the dedication of our wonderful volunteers.’’
Each year awards are presented in three categories; Individual, Young Person and Organisation.
■Individual Award – Val Gledhill
A mother of four, Val is a dairy farmer and orchardist and in her spare time gives freely of her talents and organisational skills to schools, community organisations and sporting clubs.
Val is a founding member and treasurer of the C4R committee in Rochester.
She is also a founding member and head committee person of the Rochester Mural Festival.
Val is a dedicated member of the Rochester Historical Society and Rochester Probus Club as well as a member of the selection committee for the Rochester Bowls Club. A leader of the Anglican Church Caritas group for over 50 years, Val has and continues to enrich the lives and welfare of the Rochester community.
The other winners were:
■Young Person Award – Daniel Phyland
At 15 years of age Daniel has been volunteering in the community for eight years — more than half his life.
His selfless work began as a cub scout and still continues embracing the promise he made to contribute to the community and help other people.
Daniel is an active volunteer in the Junior Fire Brigade and was awarded Junior Firefighter of the Year at the 2017 Junior Fire Brigade championships.
Raising money for the Good Friday Appeal and dedicating time to the community Christmas dinner are two key annual events on Daniel’s volunteering calendar.
Daniel is involved in many fundraising activities and awareness campaigns, which include the One Million Stars to end violence community workshop, Anzac Day marches and Clean Up Australia Day.
Daniel upholds the belief that young people are willing to take responsibility and contribute generously to the community.
■Organisation Award - Echuca-Moama Show Society
The Echuca-Moama Show Society committee works tirelessly throughout the year, raising funds to enable the community to enjoy free activities at the annual show.
The committee caters for events and promotes the annual event by holding sausage sizzles at pony clubs, Bunnings and Coles.
All proceeds from these events fund free entertainment and activities at the show.
The show committee also contributes to upgrading facilities at the showgrounds, making it a safer and more presentable location for exhibitors and visitors.
“On behalf of the entire Campaspe community, I’d like to acknowledge and thank all of the nominees for their outstanding contribution to our community,’’ Cr Neele said.
‘‘The health and wellbeing of our residents is exponentially greater because of their selfless and untiring work.’’