Friday, August 19th, 2011 - City of Cockburn
DO YOU know an inspirational volunteer?

The City of Cockburn is calling on not-for-profit organisations based in Cockburn (or servicing it) to nominate two of their most outstanding people for the 2011 Inspirational Volunteer Awards.

Now in their fourth year, the awards are designed to recognise and thank volunteers for the invaluable contribution they make to the local community.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said volunteers play a vital role in the City of Cockburn, helping a vast array of community organisations that would otherwise not be able to provide services to people in need of assistance.

“Arts, cultural, conservation, sport and recreational groups depend upon these volunteers for their existence,” he said.

“According to the Corporation for National and Community Service report Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, people who volunteer have less incidence of heart disease.

“This research is particularly relevant to baby boomers, who are receiving as well as giving when they help others – just two hours of volunteering a week can bring meaningful benefits to a person’s body and mind.

"Volunteers are salt of the earth people and, without them, so many things wouldn't be able to happen, whether it's delivering hot meals, working with young people with a disability, driving community buses or any number of activities right across the spectrum.

“Given their commitment and dedication, it's almost impossible to put a valuation on what they do but a dollar figure for the value of volunteer work in WA is estimated at $800 million dollars annually.”

Categories for the 2011 awards include community, arts and culture, sports and recreation, environmental and animal protection, indigenous and youth (between 10 and 24 years).

First-place winners in each category receive a $250 voucher and certificate and an overall Inspirational Volunteer of the Year will be chosen, winning another $250 and trophy.

To nominate someone, organisations should submit a nomination with a description outlining the inspirational qualities of the volunteer.

The 200-word description should include how the person has gone above and beyond the call of duty, risen above personal or special challenges to achieve volunteering goals, volunteering commitments that go beyond one organisation, their various duties and how they encourage others to volunteer or achieve their potential.

Nominated volunteers must reside in or volunteer in the City of Cockburn and people nominating must either be a committee member or the organisation’s volunteer coordinator.

To download a nomination form, go to and send to Volunteer Resource Centre – City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC WA 6965 or email [email protected]

Nominations close 5pm, September 12.

Betty Ugle won a City of Cockburn Inspirational Volunteer Award in 2009 in the indigenous category.

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The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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