Today I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the many members of the Shepparton district community who generously volunteer their time, experience and energy to make our electorate a better place to live, work and invest in.
The work that they do is invaluable to our community, and it is a pleasure to be able to stand here today and put several of their names on the record as winners of the 2018 Greater Shepparton Volunteer Awards.
Congratulations to Dawn Tricario, Aunty Kella Robinson, John Nisbet, Maya Ingham, Janet Batten, Joe Clarke and the team at the Book Inn on your contributions to our region.
It was particularly pleasing to see the winner of the long service award, Mooroopna’s Mr Clarke, feature on the front page of our local newspaper, the Shepparton News, last week in honour of his 60 years of volunteer service at the RSL. Now 93, Mr Clarke served during World War II in Papua New Guinea, Borneo and Japan and through his role in the Shepparton RSL’s welfare committees now visits returned services personnel in need of support.
Also acknowledged at the awards ceremony were 17-year-old Zahraa al Shamis and 18-year-old Suna Teia, who received certificates for their work on our local police youth committee. Both have been volunteering on the committee with an eye to one day perhaps becoming police officers themselves.