• Hannah Phillips

Federation's Volunteer Celebration Coming to Corowa


Volunteers are the backbone of our community, with Riverina's Federation Council thanking local people by putting on a special volunteer celebration event.

Volunteers must be nominated to attend the event, which will be held at the Corowa RSL Club on Sunday July 15, as a way of giving back to the people who give the community so much.

Tom O’Toole is an author, inspirational speaker, business leader and founder of the famous Beechworth Bakery, and will be this year’s guest speaker at the Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

Tom is best known for his incredible entrepreneurial story, creating Australia’s most successful standalone retail bakery business.

Employing over 250 staff with a turnover in excess of $17 million and serving over 1 million customers per year, the bakery is testament to Tom’s savvy entrepreneurship, drive and innovative business practices.

One of Australia’s most unorthodox speakers, Tom is excited to share his story and passion at the Federation Council Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

The event will honour local individuals, groups and organisations that help to make the Federation community a great place to live.

In the lead up to the nomination period finalising, Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke is reminding residents to nominate individuals and community groups who deserve to be celebrated.

“We are lucky to have so many people in our community that selflessly give their time to sporting clubs, community groups, local events and projects,” he said.

“The Volunteer Recognition Celebration is a great way to recognise those that volunteer for their enormous contribution to our community.

“There is no win or lose, it is simply a way to say we appreciate and thank those that give to their community.”

Community volunteers range from parents who help in the sports canteen each weekend, to people who drive the elderly to their medical appointments and community groups that provide meals to those less fortunate and events safe for all those attending.

Nomination forms are available from Council’s website: federationcouncil.nsw.gov.au and are open until June 22.