Now in their eighth year, the volunteer awards recognise the contribution made to the community by volunteers.
Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem said volunteers are the lifeblood of the community.
“Volunteers work across a wide range of sectors, including emergency services, education, sport, environment, the arts and many more,” Cr Adem said.
“Last year’s winners volunteered across a range of sectors and made a wonderful contribution to all areas of our society.
“I strongly encourage anyone who knows of a volunteer to nominate them for an award so they can be recognised for their contribution to our community.”
Last year’s female youth volunteer of the year, Jillian Goodman, said “Winning the female youth volunteer of the year award last year was a surprise as I never expected anything from being a volunteer. I was very shocked when my name was announced. I appreciate the council holding these awards and recognising the contribution volunteers make to the community.”
There are seven categories for the awards; volunteer team, male volunteer, female volunteer, female and male youth volunteer (for people aged between 12 and 25), rural volunteer (for towns with under 5,000 residents) and long serving volunteer. Nominations for the awards close 7 April 2017.
An awards presentation will be held during National Volunteer Week in May. Nomination forms are available from council’s website or from Council’s Customer Service Counter, or by contacting Council’s Neighbourhoods Department on (03) 5832 9700.