Awards honour Great Southern volunteers

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Four volunteers from the Great Southern have been honoured in the WA Volunteer Service Awards, which recognise 25 or more years of service to one organisation.

The awards, run by the Department of Local Government and Communities, were presented earlier this month at Crown Towers in the lead-up to National Volunteer Week.

Among those receiving awards were Greg Henderson, and Scott and Diane Drummond, for their 25 years of service, and David Squires for his 46 years of service.

Albany man Mr Henderson has been a member of Scouts WA for 25 years, acting as a cub leader and a scout leader, working with children aged 8-14 and as a group leader supporting all youth and adults in a group.

Mr and Mrs Drummond, from the Porongurups, have also made a great contribution to the community.

Mr Drummond has been a Friends of Porongurup Range member since the first meeting in April, 1992, and has held the position of chairman and then treasurer.

Mrs Drummond has also been a member of the group since its inaugural meeting and has campaigned tirelessly for weed control urging the Shire and Main Roads to action.

She has co-ordinated weed awareness workshops and acted as a representative for the Porongurup Weed project. Tenterden man Mr Squires was recognised for his 46-year contribution to the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.

He first volunteered with the society in 1971 for the Prince Philip Mounted Games and was asked to help with junior novelty events.

Volunteering Minister Mick Murray presented the awards, saying they were a fantastic opportunity to thank volunteers.

“Volunteers play a vital role in WA communities, making a social, economic and cultural contribution to the State valued at about $39 billion annually,” he said.

“This doesn’t just happen.

“It takes hard work and commitment from volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations and they deserve our support.”

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