Thanks to our volunteers

19 May 2014

LOCAL volunteers have been celebrated for their dedication and contribution to their communities as part of National Volunteer Week.

Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Health hosted morning teas for volunteers across the Alpine Shire during the week of 12 – 16 May.

The inaugural Bernece Delany Award was presented to Myrtleford volunteer Janet Leita on Friday (16 May) in recognition of her long-running service to the community.

Mrs Delany presented the award and congratulated Mrs Leita for her hard work and dedication during a volunteering career spanning more than 15 years.

“We selected from 10 fantastic candidates, and while we would have loved to give everyone an award, Janet is so deserving of this recognition,” she said.

“She has done so much for Myrtleford.”

Mrs Leita said she was “gobsmacked” by the award. She has volunteered for a range of clubs and organisations, including Riding Develops Abilities (formerly Riding for the Disabled), CFA, Myrtleford Visitor Information Centre, Rotary Club of Myrtleford, Meals on Wheels and Uniting Church.

Alpine Shire Mayor Peter Roper said volunteers provide invaluable help and support to a wide range of services and programs.

“From those who help older and disabled residents take care of their pets as part of the new PET PALS program, to our fantastic Alpine Ambassadors who welcome people to our Visitor Information Centres, we’re very lucky to have such great volunteers,” he said.

“Without them, many important community programs and services would struggle to run.

“Our volunteers work hard to help others without payment, and this is our opportunity to show our gratitude for their dedication.

“They help make the Alpine Shire such a wonderful place to live.”

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