Volunteers happy to give to community

South Western Times
South West Youth Volunteer of the Year Tarni Fortune, 15, and South West Volunteer of the Year Mon Barrero were honoured on Thursday.
Camera IconSouth West Youth Volunteer of the Year Tarni Fortune, 15, and South West Volunteer of the Year Mon Barrero were honoured on Thursday. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The dedication of Mon Barerro and Tarni Fortune, 15, of Leschenault, to their community was recognised on Thursday when they were named the South West Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Mrs Barrero was honoured for her tireless work balancing the books for the Bunbury Multicultural Group for the past four years.

She first began working with Volunteer South West to improve her English after finding it difficult to secure a job.

“I went to Volunteer South West and met a bunch of beautiful people who believed in me and gave me work there,” she said.

Volunteer South West Volunteer of the year Mon Barrero.
Camera IconVolunteer South West Volunteer of the year Mon Barrero. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

“I built my strengths and my self-esteem again and now I have a job and am running my own business Food With Passion South West.

“For me volunteering is the opportunity to give back to the community for all the opportunities this beautiful country Australia has given to my family and I.”

Volunteer Southwest Junior Volunteer of the year Tarni Fortune, 15.
Camera IconVolunteer Southwest Junior Volunteer of the year Tarni Fortune, 15. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Tarni first volunteered at the centre to complete 10 hours of community service as part of her school curriculum, but loved the role so much she has stayed on for more than a year.

“It’s about giving back and helping others out while having a bit of fun at the same time,” she said.

Her roles include beach rotation, meeting and greeting our visitors, dolphin observations and data collecting, but has recently taken on the role of assisting the centre’s aquarium feeders and tour guides.

“It’s a very interesting job and I talk to people from all over the world,” she said.

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