On Saturday 4 December 2010 I was delighted to attend the annual City of South Perth ‘Thank a Volunteer Day’ Celebration Breakfast and Awards Ceremony hosted by mayor James Best. The City of South Perth rewarded three outstanding volunteers in the categories of Junior Volunteer, Young Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year from over 30 finalists for the awards. Congratulations to Paul Velho, Tisha Grubi and Norman Butterworth – your recognition is well deserved.
The 2010 City of South Perth Junior Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Paulo Velho, who was nominated by John Richards from Aquinas College Service Learning Program:
“Paulo has been an active member of the after school environment program as well as the Bush Care program at Mt Henry Peninsula. He has volunteered for street collections for the MS society as well as being a doorknocker for the Salvation Army. Above all, Paulo has been integral at recruiting many of his peers into service activities. He is committed, reliable and enthusiastic at all times. During school holidays he also volunteers his time at Bethanie House Aged Care Hostel. He regularly does altar services at Mass and has participated in numerous community events that needed volunteer help. All this at the age of 13 & 14 years!”
The 2010 City of South Perth Young Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Tisha Grubi, who were nominated by Courtney Plotz for her work with The Esther Foundation:
“Tisha has been involved with the Esther Foundation for four years. She first became involved with Esther when she was only eighteen. Tisha has overcome great personal tragedies to become a shining light in the community and in our program. She is a single mum of a delightful 6 year old daughter named Skye. Not only does she volunteer her time to do a night shift and overnight shift at Esther, but she is a very talented artist and has donated her art and time for the benefit of our organisation. She is a loved mentor and case manager to some of the participants of our program. She is also employed by Federal M.P Steve Irons for whom she works 4 days a week and a senator for whom she works one day a week. Not only is she passionate about helping young woman in Australia, she is just as passionate about helping orphans in Africa. She is just about to embark on her second trip to Uganda to help build some housing for an orphanage she visited for 4 weeks eighteen months ago. She is determined to make an impact on her community and the lives of those around her.”
The 2010 City of South Perth Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Norman Butterworth, who was nominated by Judy Siddons from the South Perth Uniting Church:
“Norman is a resident of the City of South Perth and has been a wonderful contributor as a volunteer in our local community and beyond. In the 43 years since Norman arrived in WA, he has provided voluntary services to many church and community organisations, making a real difference to many community groups and individuals. Those who have benefited from Norman’s work as a volunteer include church groups, local school chaplains, Neighbourhood Watch, Probus, University of the Third Age, those in our community with mental illness, refugees, those needing pastoral care and support and those in aged care facilities who have enjoyed the concerts he participates in.”
Congratulations again to those worthy winners.