Record nominations for Logan Loves Volunteers Breakfast accolade

THE annual Logan Loves Volunteers Breakfast showered the community's most generous people with glory in front of a crowd of 500 people.

 VOLUNTEERS: Logan City Council interim administrator Tamara OShea with volunteers Joan Clough, Garry Hollindale and acting CEO Silvio Trinca.

VOLUNTEERS: Logan City Council interim administrator Tamara OShea with volunteers Joan Clough, Garry Hollindale and acting CEO Silvio Trinca.

Regents Park criminologist and 2019 Queensland Local Hero Elijah Buol was the keynote speaker at the event on Saturday morning.

Beenleigh Rotary member Gary Hollindale and Joan Clough from Logan Hospital were crowned joint winners of the Frank Lenz memorial award.

Mr Hollindale has a 32 year track record of volunteering in his local community.

He was the driving force behind securing Beenleigh's Men's Shed and was involved in transporting the Heck homestead from Jacob's Well to the Beenleigh Historic Village.

Ms Clough has greeted and assisted hospital patients for the past 19 years and has regularly spent additional hours volunteering with basic and repetitive tasks.

She trains new volunteers, looks after the hospital lost and found section, helps with administrative tasks and often spends time socialising with patients.

In 2012, Ms Clough helped the hospital secure a Logan City Council grant to boost resources in the maternity and children's ward.

Logan City Council's director of community services Katie Barton-Harvey paid tribute to the selfless volunteers.

"With nearly twice as many nominees this year, picking a winner was tough for the judges," she said.

"In the end they couldn't split it and I can see why - both Gary and Joan have worked tirelessly for their community and are worthy winners.

Browns Plains Police Station was presented with the Davida Steele Memorial award as the community organisation of the year.

The accolade was presented for its management of the popular Browns Plains Blue Light Disco.

The Logan branch of JPs in the Community won the Volunteer Community Organisation Services award.

A record 27 nominations were lodged for individual awards and 11 for organisation awards.

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