Do you know someone who has made a valued contribution to your local community?Here’s your chance to say thank you.
Rural Women’s Network Project Coordinator, Allison Priest says communities across rural, remote and regional NSW are invited to nominate rural women volunteers for the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
“The initiative formally recognises the valuable contributions made by rural women to their communities,” Ms Priest said.
“You could nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker – any rural woman who you believe makes your community a better place to live.
“All women nominated will be included in this year’s Honour Roll, which allows the whole community to celebrate the important roles women volunteers play in regional cities, towns and villages.
“There are so many inspiring and dedicated women out there who support the community in a diverse range of volunteer activities and we believe it’s important to acknowledge their contribution and to say thank you.
“Every day, women are volunteering their time and skills helping to build stronger and thriving rural communities, whether it’s fundraising, delivering meals to the elderly, fighting fires, driving patients, mentoring young people, creating community artworks or coordinating events, the list goes on.
“By recording their stories and contributions, the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll will capture the many ways in which they have enhanced our quality of life.”
Sharon Griffiths from Redbank and Pix Jonasson from Port Macquarie are two such ‘Hidden Treasures’ who were included in the 2012 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
“Both of these inspirational women are dedicated community advocates working tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcomes for her local communities,” Ms Priest said.
“Sharon is the founding member of the Wauchope Business Group and has been instrumental in representing the view of the Wauchope community to the Port Macquarie Hastings Council.
“She is also a dedicated community advocate giving countless hours of her time working with business owners and local residents.
“Pix volunteers for many organisations and events in the local community and is a very active member of the Hastings Business Enterprise Network, Hastings Business Women’s Network and Peer Solutions.”
Ms Priest says the Honour Roll is open to all female volunteers living outside the metropolitan centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
“Last year we uncovered more than 100 quiet achievers and unsung heroes – we are hoping for a similar number of Hidden Treasures on the 2013 Honour Roll,” she said.
“This year we are also encouraging nominations for Aboriginal women and younger women who are giving their time and skills to benefit their community.
“Nominations can be completed online or sent to us on a form, available by calling us, or on our website – it’s a really simple 10 minute process.”
The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a joint project of the DPI’s Rural Women’s Network and the NSW Centre for Volunteering.
The 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll will be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering at Scone on October 26.