Local Named National Volunteer Week Ambassador
Golden Plains Shire Council is excited to share that Bannockburn local and Council volunteer Scott Cooper has been named a National Volunteer Week Ambassador for 2020.
Scott has been an active volunteer in his community for a number of years, starting with his local Karate club where he is always willing to lend a helping hand assisting the young people in the class. He also volunteers for his church, with genU, where he enjoys helping out around the garden and kitchen, and more recently with Council.
Since December 2019, Scott has been a fantastic volunteer with Council’s Active Ageing and Disability team, assisting with its vital community services such as community transport and delivered meals. His experience as a person with a disability has been an invaluable asset to his work and to the team.
genU recently partnered with Volunteering Geelong and Humans in Geelong to find six inspiring volunteers to be ambassadors during National Volunteer Week 2020. Golden Plains Shire Council and genU jointly nominated Scott Cooper, and Council is pleased to see him acknowledged as one of the six ambassadors.
When asked about the one thing he wanted others to know about volunteering, Scott encouraged others to just give it a try.
“When I first thought about volunteering at Golden Plains Shire Council, I was a little bit scared, a little bit nervous because I didn’t know much about it and it was a totally different area that I had never volunteered in before. Now, it feels like home.
“There is only one way to find out, to see where volunteering takes you is to just put one foot in front of the other; try something small and you will find so many connections and friendships. You will be doing something very important and that will make you feel happy.”
Golden Plains Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey says that it is terrific to see Scott recognised for his community service.
“Scott has applied himself wholeheartedly to his volunteer work with Council. His ‘can do’ attitude and commitment to the community has quickly made him an invaluable member of the team.
“Not only is he a volunteer with Council, Scott’s actively involved in volunteer work with his local karate club, church and disability service provider genU. Council was very proud to nominate Scott and see him named a national ambassador. Congratulations Scott!”
National Volunteer Week 2020 is celebrated from 18 to 24 May 2020. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Golden Plains Shire Council will acknowledge the week online through publishing profiles of some of its extraordinary volunteers.