Community volunteers receive special recognition

Volunteers recognised: Ian McCallum, Jenny Lyon, Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC, Peter Dickason, Richard Higgins and Mike McRae. Photo: Supplied.
Volunteers recognised: Ian McCallum, Jenny Lyon, Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC, Peter Dickason, Richard Higgins and Mike McRae. Photo: Supplied.

The hard work and dedication of volunteers keeps rural communities alive, and a number of individuals from across the Mayo electorate have been recognised for their service.

At a morning tea hosted by Senator for South Australia, Andrew McLachlan CSC, seven volunteers were acknowledged for outstanding contributions to their local communities and presented with the Australian Government's Certificate of Appreciation for Australian Volunteers.

"Volunteers play a crucial role in shaping our communities and that is why this initiative offers such a valuable opportunity to say thank you for their time and efforts," Mr McLachlan said.

"As a Senator for South Australia, I was especially pleased to acknowledge the service of this particular group of volunteers in Mayo who were nominated by fellow community members or their loved ones.

"These volunteers have raised money for worthy community causes, managed events, contributed to important initiatives, responded to emergencies and natural disasters, and supported those in need."

Three volunteers from the Fleurieu Peninsula were among those who received a Certificate of Appreciation.

Honoured: Mike McRae is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for Australian Volunteers by Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC. Photo: Supplied.

Honoured: Mike McRae is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for Australian Volunteers by Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC. Photo: Supplied.

Richard Higgins was acknowledged for his work as the long-serving secretary of the National Trust of Victor Harbor, especially for organising the National Trust Museum.

Ian McCallum was recognised for serving with Lions, the Cancer Council, Meals on Wheels and the local Bridge Club. Many locals would also know him as Father Christmas each year at the Victor Harbor pageant.

The dedicated Mike McRae also received a certificate for his work with the Fleurieu Health Advisory Council, the Fleurieu Group of Justices, Visiting Tribunal in Prisons, and the Victor Harbor RSL and Football Club.

Mr McRae said he was honoured to receive the recognition.

"Volunteers are so important to our community," Mr McRae said.

"Victor Harbor needs volunteers and people who are committed to driving the town forward in economic growth and development. As the chair of the Board at the Victor Harbor hospital, we thrive on volunteers.

"It can never be underestimated the amount of work that is done by volunteers across the district. We can't rely on governments and councils to fund everything, we have to roll our sleeves up ourselves.

"There is great satisfaction to be had in volunteering, whether that's through a job well done, the teamwork or the friendships formed along the way."

Adelaide Hills recipients of certificates included Peter Dickason, Peter Wilde, Philip Oinn and Jenny Lyon.

Senator McLachlan encouraged those who may be seeking volunteer opportunities to contact their local resource centre, or access the Volunteering Australia website via: volunteeringaustralia.org.

Further information about the Australian Government Certificate of Appreciation can be found via: dss.gov.au