Community volunteers celebrated with Shire of Mundaring Citizen Awards

Published on Thursday, 26 January 2023 at 10:48:40 AM

Celebrating long service to community groups, volunteering and advocating to assist people of all abilities was at the heart of Shire of Mundaring’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Citizen Awards event on Thursday 26 January.

Michele ‘Mickey’ Bourgault, Michael Everitt, Narelle Thredgold and the Parkerville Playgroup were presented with the Shire’s Australia Day Citizen Awards at the event, which was held at the Boya Community Centre.

Shire President James Martin congratulated the award winners from across four categories.

“This year’s winners have played an instrumental role in their community groups including the Darlington Scout Group, Mount Helena Swimming Club, Mount Helena Junior Football Club, and the Parkerville Playgroup,” he said.

“Thank you to our volunteers for the time and dedication you have committed to your groups with these contributions enhancing community and the services these groups are able to offer.”

The winners of this prestigious award were selected by a panel from the 24 recent recipients of a Celebrating Community award.

 2023 Citizen Award Recipients 

Michele ‘Mickey’ Bourgault – Rising Star Award

Mickey is a young rising star in the community who advocates to help children with disabilities. He uses his life experience to mentor and assist children. Mickey is a valued member of the Mount Helena Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, valued member and mentor of the Mount Helena Swimming Club, and a Starkick and Auskick coach for the Mount Helena Junior Football Club.  

Michael Everitt – Inspirational Volunteer Award

As a leader at Darlington Scouts for six and a half years, Mike has led a number of Cubs and Scouts to gain their peak awards and encouraged others into leadership roles. Mike has taken the time to learn and understand the new Scouts Australia online activity tracking system and trained others to use the system. 

Narelle Thredgold – Access Mundaring

For the past eight years, Narelle has been volunteering in a number of community organisations. Two years ago, she made the decision to launch the Starkick program to enable children of all abilities to play football at their local club. She has been mentoring the coaches and volunteers to understand how important disability and diversity inclusion is and the changes that need to be made to provide access for the children and their families.

Parkerville Playgroup – Long Service

Parkerville Playgroup is a not-for-profit community group run by a committee of volunteer members made up of parents and caregivers. These volunteers are actively involved in running the playgroup and use their passion, commitment, innovation and values to support local families to connect and access a positive play environment. 

Congratulations to all nominees and award recipients.



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