Celebrating our humble local heroes
On Tuesday next week I’ll have the honour of presenting the Maitland City Service Awards at a special event at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Every year the awards aim to recognise volunteers who have, through their initiative and dedication, made a positive contribution to enhancing the lives of others in Maitland. The awards aim to show appreciation of service, commitment, effort and achievements that make a difference.
Our community absolutely relies on volunteers who help some of our city’s most disadvantaged, support and run local clubs, and facilitate a range of community events. Thousands of people volunteer in Maitland for a large number of organisations across the city. It would be difficult to put a price on the amount of selfless work volunteers do in our communities, but I think you would agree that the work they do across the community makes them priceless.
Whenever I have the opportunity to meet and talk to our local volunteers I feel humbled and I’m excited to have the opportunity to do that again next week. It is heart warming to see people devoting themselves to Maitland without seeking reward or recognition.
It’s appropriate, too, that National Volunteers Week kicks off on Monday. There are a range of events happening across Australia recognising the 6 million Australians who are generous enough to volunteer, so I’m happy Maitland can be a part of that celebration.
You might have seen some of the great nominees profiled on Maitland City Council’s Facebook page and I’d like to wish them the best of luck. The page will also announce winners next week.