Volunteers from all walks of life received recognition today for the valuable work they do across the Tamworth region.
In a live broadcast on Friday morning hosted at the Lands Building, the Volunteer of the Year Award winners were officially announced.
Over 30 nominations were put forward for the four categories, with the youngest just 16 years of age, and the oldest with 90 years under the belt.
This was up from previous years, showing that in-spite of, or because if, the COVID-19 pandemic, this recognition and a dose of good news was more important than ever.
Sally Cronberger was doubly praised, winning the Adult Category for volunteers aged between 25 and 64 years, as well as being awarded the Overall2020 Community Volunteer of the Year Award.
Each winner will be automatically nominated in the NSW Volunteer of the Year awards organised by the NSW Centre for Volunteering, which will be announced later in the year.Veronica Filby
Commended for her for "can-do attitude", she has been a tireless charity worker for more than 40 years.
Ms Cronberger has been organising and working in kitchens for many fundraisers, including the VIEW Club's International Women's Day Luncheon, Soup and Damper Day at the Duri Hall for the Hospital Auxiliary and organising the kitchen at the Currabubula Art Show.
Emily Madirazza was the winner of the Youth Category, for people aged 24 years or younger.
She was commended for her dedication to the Tamworth Regional Youth Council and the Festival Community Volunteer Ambassador Program. In her role as a member of the Youth Council, Emily coordinated two environmental and sustainable activities to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment.
The winner of the Senior Category for volunteers 65 years and older wasPeter Scorgie.
He was recognised for his dedication to Tamworth Meals on Wheels, and has been the President for 13 years. Prior to that, volunteered as a driver and committee member, and has been instrumental in sourcing funding and donations to build the current kitchen.
This year there were two winners in the Team Category, with the Visitor Information Centre team and the Australian Country Music Foundations volunteers decided to be equally worthy.
The Tamworth Visitor Information Centre volunteer team was recognised for being the backbone of the centre, assisting with the day-to-day operations. They are the face of Tamworth for many visitors, and create a positive first impression.
The Australian Country Music Foundation volunteers consists of seven volunteers who are dedicated to their work, ensuring that the history and objects associated with Australian Country Music are preserved and ready for the community to view and learn about.
Tamworth Regional Council volunteer coordinator Veronica Filby said the range of activities and organisations covered was "incredible to see."
"Each winner will be automatically nominated in the NSW Volunteer of the Year awards organised by the NSW Centre for Volunteering, which will be announced later in the year," Ms Filby said.
Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray said he was please taking the awards online gave them the opportunity to continue to recognise and thank the volunteers in our community.