Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has reminded rural communities that there is not much time remaining to nominate women volunteers for the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
Ms Hodgkinson said the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a great way to formally acknowledge the efforts of rural, regional and remote women and celebrate volunteering as an important community value.
“Since the annual project started in 2010 it has helped to create a lasting archive and uncover inspirational quiet achievers – women who are so often the backbone of our community-based organisations,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“Today, there are more than six million people volunteering annually across Australia, representing 36 per cent of the adult population.
“The roles of women volunteers are diverse and include fundraising, delivering meals to the elderly, fighting fires, driving patients, mentoring the young, creating community artworks or coordinating events.”
All women nominated will be included in the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which will be launched at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering at Scone, on October 25 to 27.
“The 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a positive way society can recognise, thank and celebrate the vital role 1.7 million NSW volunteers contribute to our way of life,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“I encourage anyone who knows of a valued female volunteer in their rural community to nominate them for this worthwhile project.”
To nominate a rural woman, complete a nomination online by Friday, August 16.
Alternatively, nomination forms can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting the Centre for Volunteering on 02 9261 3600.
The 2010-2012 Honour Roll recipients are listed on the Rural Women’s Network website