Selfless volunteer named citizen of the year

28/Jan/2014

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Shirley Joiner with (back, L to R) Glenys Clark and Debbie Reed. Shirley Joiner with (back, L to R) Glenys Clark and Debbie Reed.

VOLUNTEER Shirley Joiner’s passion for helping people less fortunate than herself and caring for the environment saw her named Mandurah’s Citizen of the Year on Australia Day.

Mandurah Junior Mayor Charlie Dann took the Youth Citizen of the Year Award, while the Community Group Award went to Canoe Trail Friends of Mandurah and Pinjarra.

Mrs Joiner’s commitment to the community is wide ranging.

She works 38 hours a week as volunteer group executive secretary of Peel Preservation Group, running the office and co-ordinating submissions, and is a member of the Mandurah Environmental Advisory Group.

She is heavily involved with Mandurah Uniting Church and the Uniting Church Outreach Mandurah program, helping with the op shop, emergency food parcels, hygiene and lunch packs for school students, the Rainbow lunch for mental health patients and Greenfields recycled clothing shop.

Charlie Dann was elected the junior Mayor of Mandurah last year and is Mandurah’s first junior Aboriginal mayor.

The Year 8 student has attended ceremonies and events representing the junior council and taking on a leadership role, writing to Members of Parliament about issues he felt strongly about. He also took on a leadership role in his class at school and his footy club.

Charlie helps other Aboriginal students with school work and in his lunch breaks takes a peer support role. He is school and faction captain while also maintaining high grades.

Canoe Trail Friends of Mandurah and Pinjarra has developed a series of seven canoe
trail guides to the Peel rivers and waterways and two associated companion guides providing details of the region’s natural and human history.

Environmental and community projects undertaken include the establishment of sanctuary zones for water and shore birds in Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary to help protect threatened migratory and residential wader birds.

Tree plantings and clean-ups, development of canoe launch points, and submissions to the government and co-ordinating the annual Peel Region Canoe Week are among the group’s contributions.

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