Locals recognised for National Volunteer Week

Jennifer Tilbrook has been recognised for her 25 years of service as part of National Volunteer Week, alongside her husband Colin. Photo: Breeanna Tirant
Jennifer Tilbrook has been recognised for her 25 years of service as part of National Volunteer Week, alongside her husband Colin. Photo: Breeanna Tirant

A Collie couple have been recognised for their 25 years of service in The Volunteer Service Award Program run by the Department of Communities to coincide with National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, with this year's theme being making a word of difference.

The award program acknowledges the significant efforts of longstanding volunteers for their generous contribution to the West Australian community.

Recipients received a personalised certificate of recognition and commemorative badge for dedicating 25 years or more of service to one organisation.

The awards ceremony was held at Ambrose Estate in Wembley Downs on May 22 and was presented by Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray.

Local couple Colin and Jennifer Tilbrook were among several other volunteers congratulated for their service.

The couple are life members and volunteers for the Western Australian Axeman's League.

"We offer our time as we enjoy it, not for any reward," Mrs Tilbrook said.

Their journey with wood chopping began in 1985 when Mr Tilbrook firstly became involved with the league.

Through this connection, he got involved with the Perth Royal Show. He competes, has been the secretary and part of the wood chopping judging team, still commentates, and is the vice president.

Mrs Tilbrook also started to get involved at the show in 1987, while her husband and son were competing.

She sometimes volunteers as a judge and is currently the treasurer for the league, after she took over from her husband.

Wood chopping is very much a family affair for the Tilbrook family, travelling all around WA, Australia, and New Zealand to compete and volunteer.

The pair said the best part was the friendships made along the way.

"We've met a lot of nice people on our journey and made a lot of friends," Mrs Tilbrook said.

The pair volunteer at The Perth Royal Show, the Manjimup Cherry Festival, and the Manjimup, Bridgetown, Harvey, and Collie shows.