On behalf of the City of Mount Gambier I wish to acknowledge the outstanding contribution volunteers make across our city as we celebrate National Volunteer Week from 16 to 22 May 2022.
The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together. Here at Council we see first-hand how volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone, not just in our organisation but across the city.
We are all fortunate to know people throughout our community who generously give their time to make our city a better place. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the countless number of individuals who give their time so willingly and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to express their gratitude throughout this annual celebration of volunteers.
At the City of Mount Gambier volunteers enhance our capacity to deliver services across many areas from the Mount Gambier Library, Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre, ReUse Market, and Valley Lake Conservation Park, and they also provide invaluable assistance to community events throughout the year.
I also take this opportunity to offer our appreciation to the sporting, cultural and service clubs, emergency volunteers and non-government organisations for their invaluable contribution to Mount Gambier. We are indebted to your service.
I know that as a result of COVID-19, the past two years have proven difficult for many of these clubs and organisations to keep operating and I thank you for your perseverance. Whenever I attend events where you are serving our community it is always done with a smile and I think you are wonderful ambassadors for our city.
The ongoing dedication and selflessness of volunteers benefits us all. During National Volunteer Week we recognise that our city is as wonderful as it is thanks to the commitment of our many volunteers and I thank all you all for the vital role you play each and every day in making our community stronger.
Lynette Martin OAM