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Boroondara resident and local volunteer Mr John Lagzdins has been named the 2019 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year.

More than 80 people attended the City of Boroondara’s International Volunteer Day celebrations last night, which recognised Mr Lagzdins and other local volunteers.

Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Jane Addis, proudly acknowledged all the nominees and Mr Lagzdins’ contribution.

“I am thrilled to be honouring Mr Lagzdins with this prestigious award. He has an incredible volunteering record and I would like to thank him on behalf of the Boroondara community,” said Cr Addis.

“For almost 20 years, he has generously given his time to improve the community’s safety, promote physical activity and support families who have been touched by addiction.”

After retiring from his 40-year career as an accountant, Mr Lagzdins has volunteered in the capacity of treasurer and board member for a variety of local organisations. This includes Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch, Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, Friends of Same, Old Camberwell Grammar Amateur Football Club, Victorian Obedience Dog Club and the Ashburton Family Support Group.

“The award is a chance to demonstrate the value of volunteering. It’s also a valuable way to give back to the community,” Mr Lagzdins said.

“I think of it as an opportunity to show others how they can get involved with a variety of organisations, extending their skills and helping the community.”

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre Manager, Tracey Martin, nominated Mr Lagzdins for the award and thanked him for his ongoing support.

“As Treasurer of Canterbury Neighborhood House, Mr Lagzdins does an amazing amount of work for us and other local organisations and we are extremely grateful.”

Nominations for Volunteer of the Year are open to all Boroondara residents.

For information on volunteering, visit or call 9278 4550.

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