Ross Siddans, John Nohlmans, Fran Hockings, James Corvan, Gerda Brack, Gloria McKechnie and (front) Charee Aspinall and Margaret Cairns.
Ross Siddans, John Nohlmans, Fran Hockings, James Corvan, Gerda Brack, Gloria McKechnie and (front) Charee Aspinall and Margaret Cairns.

Recognition for volunteers

VOLUNTEERS provide an invaluable service to society and in the week which celebrates them five awards were given out to special people who promote our town.

Warwick Visitor Information Centre (VIC) supervisor Charee Aspinall and the team held a morning tea yesterday to say thank you to the 16 volunteers who perform for them each week as well as award volunteers for their five years of service.

The Service Awards for five years of dedicated service were awarded to Gerda Brack, Ross Siddans, Fran Hockings, Gloria McKechnie, and John Nohlman.

“They are a really great bunch. Thank you to the volunteers, they do such a fantastic job,” Mrs Aspinall said.

Mrs Aspinall noted at a recent seminar they were asked to think of negatives about their volunteer staff and she couldn't think of a thing.

“We have a really low turnover, our volunteers just don't leave...we have a volunteer who has been here for 28 years,” Mrs Aspinall said.

Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism (SDGBRT) interim general manager James Corvan also highlighted the service and knowledge they provided.

“Without volunteers it's impossible to run these organisations,” Mr Corvan said. “You are looking after our visitors which is the most important thing.

“The passion you have in telling people where to go – in a nice way.”

Dedicated volunteer John Nohlman said he simply loved the job at the VIC and enjoyed meeting new people every time he worked.

“I like to be able to help people. You get some strange requests but you try and fill them all,” Mr Nohlman said.

After receiving the five years of service badge Mrs Brack said she loved the area and promoting Warwick. “The town is fantastic – everything is great and I enjoy sharing that,” Mrs Brack said.



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