Meet Gladstone's beaming multicultural volunteer community
GLADSTONE mayor Matt Burnett had breakfast with almost 450 hundred volunteers this weekend, celebrating their community contribution.
One of many Gladstone community groups attending the breakfast was Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours.
WIN founder and president Lyndal Hansen said each organisation packed out its allotted tables.
"They got their certificates and volunteer badges and each group were called up and had photos," she said.
"It was really lovely.... The mayor said we were doing such a great job.
"We have a number of volunteers who come and help with our organisation; they help with the play groups we run or any of the training courses.
"We've got a young Filipino boy who helps us with our newsletter, we have an Iranian lady that's just come here and her background is in public policy.
"It's difficult to find work around town within that field so by volunteering she can connect with the community.
"It's really an important role that we play and we have a high number of volunteers who come through our organisation."