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Help recognise unsung heroes

Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

Young Citizen of the Year Dylan Stone, Margaret Price of the BH Historical Society and Citizen of the Year Peter Keenan at the launch of the Volunteer Week Awards yesterday. Young Citizen of the Year Dylan Stone, Margaret Price of the BH Historical Society and Citizen of the Year Peter Keenan at the launch of the Volunteer Week Awards yesterday.

By Nick Gibbs

Nominations for City Council’s Volunteer Week Awards are now open and Mayor Wincen Cuy is calling on people to help in the recognition of the city’s unsung heroes.

“We really encourage the community to get behind these awards,” the mayor said at the launch at the Council Chambers yesterday.

Mayor Cuy said it was a good chance to commend those who did not consider themselves volunteers in the traditional sense, such as those who had devoted their time to the service of a sports club.

The notion was reinforced by Citizen of the Year Peter Keenan who said he never considered his work with a host of local organisations as volunteering.

“I felt I was just doing my bit for Broken Hill,” he said.

“Most of the organisations running in town at the moment wouldn’t run without the help of volunteers.”

BH Historical Society representative Margaret Price and joint Young Citizen of the Year, Dylan Stone, agreed that volunteering helped keep a community going. 

“I love what I do and encourage everyone else to step up and become a volunteer,”  Ms Price said.

“They are the gears behind the community,” Mr Stone added. 

Head of Council’s Volunteer Working Group, Deputy Mayor Marion Browne, said the addition of the Nydia Edes Hall of Fame category to this year’s awards would help recognise community members who have dedicated time and effort to local causes.

The honour is named after the city’s first female alderman and can be awarded posthumously.

“It’s a way to recognise the best of the best,” Clr Browne said.

The success of the 2014 Volunteer Week Awards will largely depend on support from locals and businesses, according to Clr Browne.

“We really want to provide a memorable celebration of volunteering to be held on Tuesday, May 13, and the best way people can do that is to support Volunteers’ Day with a donation,”  she said.

“It is a great opportunity to have all the community be part of this special event.”

Donations may be made at Council’s offices in Blende Street. 

Award nomination forms are also available from Council’s Service Centre or online at www.council@brokenhill.nsw.gov.au.

Nominations close on Friday, April 25.

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