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Nominate a CFA volunteer in Young Achiever Awards
CFA members can recognise our leaders of the future by nominating a volunteer in the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.
CFA Executive Director (Acting) Learning and Volunteerism Kate Harrap said the CFA-sponsored Volunteer Excellence Award aims to acknowledge young volunteers who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution and positively impacted the lives of others and their community
Although the award category is open to all young volunteers aged 29 years and under, Kate said it would be great to see strong representation from CFA.
“I am continually impressed by the character and commitment of our young volunteers and it would be wonderful to see some of them more officially recognised,” she said.
Maffra Brigade 1st Lieutenant Ryan Wheeler, one of 3 finalists in the Volunteer Excellence Category in last year’s awards, said he was honoured to be nominated for the award by Brigade Captain, Dave Giles.
“The recognition gives you the sense that people really do appreciate what you do,” Ryan said.
“You don't volunteer for the accolades or the pats on the back, but it's nice to know someone recognises what we all do as volunteers.”
Ryan, who said he loves doing his bit for the community and being involved with CFA, said through the awards he had learnt that “young people really do play a pivotal role in society”.
“The calibre of the recipients and their achievements was testimony to that.”
Ryan said he’d recommend the awards to other young volunteers.
“It gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded passionate young people from all walks of life, along with major decision makers within our organisation.”
Young volunteers can nominate themselves for the awards – or you can choose to nominate a person you believe is worthy. More information on nominations, including conditions of entry, can be found here.