Bass Coast Local News:
June Beattie, Volunteer at the Wonthaggi Information Centre.
Bass Coast Shire Council is still calling for nominations for “Celebrate and Participate – An Exhibition of Volunteers”.
By Bass Coast Shire Council - 7th January 2002 - Back to News
Bass Coast Shire Council is still calling for nominations for "Celebrate and Participate – An Exhibition of Volunteers". The photographic exhibition will illustrate the efforts and diversity of volunteers in the Shire.
Volunteer organisations and individual volunteers are invited to submit photographs and information about the services, facilities and activities they provide. These photographs and information will then be organised into a travelling exhibition that will tour towns in the Shire next year (2002).
"Volunteers play an important part in our community by providing facilities and activities that would not be possible without their involvement," said Miranda Sage, Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council.
"The reason people volunteer, giving freely of their time and effort, are as varied as the volunteers themselves," said Cr Sage.
June Beattie, Volunteer at the Wonthaggi Information Centre, explained that volunteering is a great way to meet people and learn.
"When I left full time work as a librarian I did community work, so when I moved to this area twelve years ago I looked for community work," said Mrs Beattie. "Part of the reason I originally volunteered at the Information Centre was so I could meet people and learn about the area."
"What I really enjoy about volunteering at the Information Centre is meeting visitors and promoting the region," said Mrs Beattie.
Jack Smith, a volunteer with the Corinella Public Hall Committee of Management explained that volunteering kept him busy after retiring.
"When you retire you’ve go to do something, and volunteering works the brain and keeps you going," said Mr Smith. "It’s no good to just sit and watch the idiot box."
"There’s something in you that makes you want to help other people," said Mr Smith.
The exhibition will also be an opportunity for volunteer organisations to promote their service and encourage more people to join in a volunteer capacity.
Individuals and organisations interested in taking part in the exhibition should contact Council on (03) 5671 2211 or 5951 3311 for an information sheet and nomination form. These forms can also be read or printed from Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
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