2019 Busselton and Dunsborough Volunteer of the Year Awards | Photos

The Busselton and Dunsborough Volunteers of the Years were celebrated at a function on Monday evening at the City of Busselton.

Each year the awards are held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, and this year's theme was 'Making a world of difference'.

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley said the event marked the start of the week-long celebration acknowledging the millions of volunteers who made a positive impact in their community through giving their time.

Mr Henley said volunteers were a precious resource in our community. They underpinned the delivery of many services and events, as well as fundraising for a host of worthwhile causes.

"We are very lucky to have so many people who are committed to their community and prepared to work together to make a difference," he said.

"Tonight provides an opportunity to show our appreciation to a group of individuals whose volunteer efforts often go unrecognised. Tonight they are community heroes."

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said at the event one in three people in the Busselton and Dunsborough region had volunteered in the last year.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said small communities would not survive without the efforts of volunteers.

Volunteer with Less than Three Years' Service Category:

Dawn McCarthy - Lions Club of Busselton to assist with the presentation of this award

A Highly Commended award goes to Chris Riley from Capecare.

Volunteer with Less Than 3 Years of Service of the Year Award went to Trish Robinson from Busselton Lions

Tourism and Events Category:

Ian MaCauley from the Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay presented this award

A Highly Commended award went to Barry Grimmond from the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association.

The winner for the Tourism and Events Volunteer of the Year Award was Celia Clare from ArtGeo.

Youth (Under 25 Years) Category:

Alec Ovans from Apex presented this award

The Highly Commended award went Russell Talbot from Southwest Army Cadet Unit in Busselton.

Winner for the Youth Volunteer of the Year award was Josh Smith from Shift Youth Crew

Senior (60 Years and Over) Category:

Nigel Hoffman from Geographe Camping and Tackle World presented this award

The Highly Commended award went to Joan Parke from Naturaliste University of the Third Age.

The winner for the Senior Category was Don Tulloch from Geographe Community Landcare Nursery.

Open Category:

Harvey Norman sponsored this award.

A Highly Commended award went to Keith Warrick from Smith's Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

The winner for the 2019 Open Volunteer of the Year award was Sandra Johnson from the Busselton Historical Society.