Mary Porter has launched the search for the NRMA Insurance Volunteer of the Year for 2008.
Mary initiated the awards over 20 years ago when president of the fledgling Volunteering ACT and as its CEO for 12 years until her election to the Assembly in 2004 has helped to grow them to what they are today.
"Volunteers are vital to the very fabric of our community and Canberra has the highest rate of volunteer involvement of any capital city in the nation.
"If it were not for our volunteer coaches who would train our future sporting stars.
I encourage individuals and not for profit organisations to nominate volunteers for these awards. We need to recognise and honour those who contribute so much."
Nomination forms are available from Volunteering ACT on 62514060 or the website www.volunteeract.com.au and close on April 16