Council applauds volunteers for making a difference
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016
ImageNational Volunteer Week (May 9-15) is a time to recognise and support the valued contribution our volunteers make to the Sunshine Coast region.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council’s adopted Social Strategy set a target of increasing the contribution of community members volunteering within our region from one in five to one in four.

“To assist in achieving this target, council provided free professional development and networking opportunities for the region’s dedicated volunteers at the Sunshine Coast Volunteer Expo today (May 11),” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The Expo also provided volunteer organisations and individuals an opportunity to connect and network and those interested in volunteering to find out the benefits.”

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Caloundra Central Park Sport and Recreation precinct volunteers had certainly been making a difference and deservedly been acknowledged for their efforts.

“Trevor Dowdell from the YMCA Caloundra Gymnastics recently received an award for Service to Sport from Queensland Sport,” Cr Dwyer said.

“In addition to this, the club received an award from Gymnastics Queensland for the highest percentage of growth in participation – an outstanding 150% growth for 2014-2015.

“During National Volunteer Week, I would like to congratulate Shirley Haag who is a lifetime member of Caloundra Cricket Club as she received an award for Volunteer of the Year from Queensland Cricket.

“And after years of volunteering at Caloundra Central Park Sport and Recreation precinct, husband and wife duo Susan and Michael Bertram who started playing golf croquet when they retired in 2012, are now reaping the rewards for their passion of the sport and competing at a State level.

“The accolades just keep flowing with Caloundra Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre head coach John Wallace was recently recognised for his many years of community service as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year Australia Day Awards. Swimming Queensland recently also awarded John a lifetime membership for his coaching contributions.

“This is a fantastic acknowledgement for their contribution to the region.”

To find out about volunteer opportunities, visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.