NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON: Natalie Mann and Gayle Pott at the Mundubbera Jaycettes' annual Girls Night in 2018.
NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON: Natalie Mann and Gayle Pott at the Mundubbera Jaycettes' annual Girls Night in 2018.

Aus Day awards countdown: Volunteer of the Year

TO BE considered as a volunteer of the year, Gayle Pott believes you need to passionate about organising.

After winning Mundubbera's volunteer of the year in 2019 for the Australia Day awards, Mrs Pott believes expert organisation skills are a necessity for any nominee.

As we countdown to Australia Day 2020, the nominations for the annual awards will be closing soon.

North Burnett residents have until November 22 to vote for who they think should be recognised as a local hero in their area.

For Mrs Pott, she was chuffed to be nominated by her peers for this award.

"I was fairly surprised to receive the award of course, but it was lovely to be recognised for my service over many years" Mrs Pott said.

"I always feel like it's important in a small community to lend a hand, and to help out at different functions."

Over the past 35 years Mrs Pott has been heavily involved and held executive positions within many local organisations.

Whether it's helping with the local school events, the show society, the Rotaract club and more, she is a keen advocate for volunteering.

"I just don't mind helping out, and I quite enjoy organising things and holding functions so people can enjoy themselves."

She is currently the president of the Mundubbera Jaycettes, having been a member for over 12 years.

Mrs Pott also volunteers her time to be the Showgirl co-ordinator, a role she's held for 18 years.

So what makes someone a volunteer of the year?

"Someone who is passionate about their local town, and likes to assist groups whenever necessary.

"There always has to be a driver or an organiser of a function, and you need someone co-ordinate the team.

"I don't mind being the organiser, and with Mundubbera being a very friendly town, we always have friends and locals who are willing to help out."

If you'd like to nominate someone for an Australia Day award, please head here.


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