MACLEAY residents have until Friday, July 9 to nominate hard working locals for the 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The opening of nominations for the awards coincides with the start of National Volunteer Week - this year's theme is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.
Nominations are now open across eight categories, including:
Last year more than 118,000 volunteers were recognised across the state.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said volunteers are the backbone of our community.
"From our local sporting groups to our community groups, our volunteers are the hands that keep our community ticking and contribute in so many ways," she said.
"When times get tough, we see our volunteers shine, like during the recent natural disasters - members of the community did not hesitate to get out there and support one and other.
"We can't underestimate the difference volunteering makes."
The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said the awards were a way to thank, recognise and celebrate the efforts of the state's 2.4 million volunteers.
"The awards are a vital way for every one of us to say thank you for the invaluable contribution of our volunteers," Gemma said.
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