Football volunteer recognised for long service
Running a canteen isn’t as easy as it sounds, but Maitland Football Club volunteer Margaret Osland has been recognised for 15 years behind the counter with a NSW Government award.
Last week Ms Osland was acknowledged through the NSW Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program for her commitment to the club, which sometimes sees her spend entire weekends at the East Maitland grounds working through nine games from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.
As well as spending a lot of time her on her feet when the canteen is open, Ms Osland orders the supplies, negotiates deals and precooks food for game days.
Additionally, she has provided invaluable support to her husband, Paul, who became President in 2013.
Ms Osland was presented with her award by Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison on Friday night, at the official opening of Ms Aitchison’s new office.
“Margaret has given 15 years of service, so she’s been there a long time,” Ms Aitchison said.
“She’s been a constant contributor to the club.”
Rodney Wynn has also been recognised as a nominee in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards for his work with the Australian Citizens Radio Emergency Monitors Inc. however was unavailable to receive his award.
Ms Aitchison’s new office is in Elgin Street, next to ANZ Bank. The former office in Church Street, which has housed Maitland MPs since the 1980s, had to be vacated in May after loose fill asbestos was found in the building.