Leslie Williams presents volunteers with certificates of appreciation

Well done: Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams with the volunteer certificate recipients.

Well done: Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams with the volunteer certificate recipients.

LOCAL volunteers have been recognised and presented certificates of appreciation at a morning tea at the CWA rooms on December 6.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, gave out certificates of appreciation for the work the volunteers do for our community.

"Volunteers are vital to any community and play such an important role delivering a range of services," she said.

Mrs Williams said that Port Macquarie and surrounds are lucky to have many volunteers who go out of their way to help others.

"Whether it is sporting events, improving our community, teaching the arts or being a member of a service club, we are blessed to have so many volunteers,” she said.

"I am proud to announce four people have been honoured with the NSW Premier's Community Service Award for their individual commitments to our community over many years.

"Congratulations to Greg Laird, Robyn Ryan, Kevin Pike and Andrew McCoubrie for their outstanding work.”

Local campaigner Margret Meagher was presented with the 2016 Local Woman of the Year Award in recognition of the contribution to arts and health.

Other recipients included Sylvia Ryan, Denis Ryan, Gregory Davies, Carol Baker and Tony Flemming who were all nominated by members of our community for their tireless volunteer work.

The Camden Haven's Christine Fajks was recognised by the Minister for Volunteering, John Ajaka, for her 25 years of volunteering experience.

Loueila Poison of People Builders was acknowledged for her inclusion in the 2016 Hidden Treasurers Honour Roll and St Agnes Primary School student Bayden Smith was presented with an award for his selection to represent NSW in the 2016 School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Hockey Championships.

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