CQ volunteers nominated for prestigious award
KIRSTY Wooler and Caitlin Buttenshaw from the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) have nominated for the Queensland Volunteering Awards.
These awards celebrate the spirit of volunteering, and aim to acknowledge people whose compassion, commitment and hard work set an example for their community.
Over the past six months, Ms Wooler and Ms Buttenshaw have achieved a lot.
They've developed and delivered the successful Step Up CapRescue Volunteers program, which is aimed towards "a brand new generation of volunteers for CHRS”.
The program has recruited people of all ages and various backgrounds to volunteer at the CHRS, which has brought the local community closer together.
One of the ways it engages with the community is through family-friendly events.
It also has increased skills, health, happiness and self-confidence for the CHRS volunteers.
Mining company Thiess has become the naming rights sponsor for the program.
Ms Wooler, a wife and mother of two has worked as a volunteer manager with CHRS for about five years.
Ms Buttenshaw joined over 12 months ago and has been mentored daily by the former.
She is studying a Diploma of Health Science full-time after having completed a bachelor degree.
Nominations have now closed, ahead of the awards ceremony which will be held on May 25 in Brisbane, during National Volunteer Week.