Essex County Council Adult Volunteer of the year award was presented to Maria Wilby of Refugee Action – Colchester and Brightlingsea Refugee Support Network.
Anybody who has met Maria will know that she gives from the heart constantly and this award is very much deserved.
Maria says of her achievement: “Volunteering is its own reward. Contributing to community is what makes the world worth being part of. It’s what heartens and strengthens us. Every nominee of these awards makes a difference and is a winner, and the people they work with are all winners too. No act of giving is ever wasted and nobody who gives is ever empty handed.”