A love for volunteering and community involvement has seen a familiar Dardanup personality given a big thank you from her community. Dardanup resident Mary Smith was awarded the Shire of Dardanup’s Community Citizen of the Year award during Australia Day festivities for her tireless work volunteering in a variety of roles. Mrs Smith said it was a “real surprise” to have won the award. “I knew I had been nominated but I didn’t think I would win so to find out I did, I was quite taken aback,” she said. However, her love for volunteering did not stop her from taking time to accept the award at a community breakfast at Eaton Foreshore, instead helping serve food at the Dardanup breakfast that was happening at the same time. “I normally volunteer each year at the Dardanup community breakfast with the Dardanup & Districts Residents Association,” she said. “Between them and the Lions Club we spend a lot of time baking muffins, chopping up fruit and preparing all of the other food. “Despite being told I had been nominated for the award, I thought I couldn’t be at two breakfasts at once and I felt I had to be at the Dardanup one because it’s a smaller group taking care of the breakfast. “Volunteering never stops for me.” Along with running St Aidan Wines, Mrs Smith serves as secretary for the Geographe Wine Association and has spent a number of years volunteering in a large number of activities across several organisations including the Geographe Wine Show, Clean Up Australia Day, Dardanup Lions Club and co-ordinating first-aid courses with St John. Mrs Smith said her extensive volunteering stemmed from an “attitude of being involved in your community”. “Whatever you’re involved in, you should be actively involved and add to it all,” she said. “I always felt I got more satisfaction out getting involved rather than sitting around and not being more involved.” Mrs Smith edged out fellow nominees Phil Giblett, Nathan King and Brendan Billett to take home the community accolade, with the nominees receiving a certificate of appreciation for their communtiy efforts. Shire of Dardanup Youth Advisory Group member Taya Fry, 15, took home the Youth award with 18-year-old nominee Alister Hermann also acknowledged, former Bunbury & Districts Softball Association president Warren Jones took home the Senior award while Albert Fullarton was recognised, and the Millbridge Lions Club won the Group or Event award.