Pathways to Harrow wins West Wimmera honours

THE Pathways to Harrow team celebrated another achievement yesterday, winning an Australia Day award.

Team members attended Harrow's Australia Day ceremony at Johnny Mullagh Reserve to receive West Wimmera Shire Council's Community Event of the Year award.

Pathways to Harrow is an annual event showcasing the stories of women who have moved to and immersed themselves in the Harrow community.

Five women have been profiled each year since 2012.

The project will culminate in a book launch in 2017.

Harrow Bush Nursing Centre manager Bernadette Close said the staff, management committee and Harrow community were delighted by the award.

"We are grateful to the West Wimmera Shire for recognising Pathways to Harrow," she said.

Pathways to Harrow organisers plan to showcase the project at the International Volunteers Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland in September.

The initiative has won several awards, including the National Members of Parliament Volunteer Award for 2013 and two Volunteering Western Victoria Awards.

Kaniva resident Helen Hobbs and Wimmera man Ben Light shared the Australia Day awards spotlight.

Ms Hobbs was named the shire's Citizen of the Year during celebrations at Kaniva on Sunday.

Highlights in her long list of achievements include leading the First Kaniva Girl Guides and membership of the Kaniva and District Progress Association.

Mrs Hobbs was also a founding member of Purple Starfish, a not-for-profit community shop at Kaniva.

She said she was honoured and humbled to win the award.

"It was a complete surprise," she said.

"Australia Day is about thanking all the people who give back to the community, and encouraging others to do the same."

Mr Light, 30, received the shire's Young Citizen of the Year award at Goroke's Australia Day celebrations.

While humbled by the recognition, he said he would be unaffected by the achievement.

"I'm not into big-noting myself, so it doesn't really matter," he said.

Mr Light joined Goroke Apex Club when he was 18 and has been heavily involved ever since.

He also volunteers for Gymbowen and Goroke CFA, the Goroke SES and helps out with the Goroke Show.

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