In the past year, Logan teenager Juliet Thottunkal has raised more than $5000 for the Cancer Council by running a garden show at her Boronia Heights home.
The 17-year-old is completing her Duke of Edinburgh Award, is an active member of the Logan Youth Action Group, and volunteers for charities such as the Smith Foundation, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.
At school, she is completing year 12, while also inspiring her peers as house service captain.
Her parents, Devasia and Seelat, have tried to instill a passion for community service in each of their three children from a young age.
“We have always encouraged our children to do charity,” Mr Thottunkal said.
“We’ve had many opportunities; we’ve got an obligation to give something back.”
Juliet was named City of Logan’s Young Citizen of the Year on Australia Day. She said the recognition was humbling, and encouraging.
“I was so shocked I couldn’t even put my feelings into words on the day,” Juliet said.
“Standing on stage with so many other amazing people, it was really heartwarming.
“I felt part of the community and that I’d really made a difference.”
This year’s City of Logan Volunteers Awards will be on Saturday May 15 at Logan Entertainment Centre, with awards presented to the city’s most outstanding individual volunteer and volunteer organisation.
City Lifestyle Chair Councillor Laurie Koranski said several outstanding nominations had been received.
“It is estimated that more than 7000 people volunteer across the City of Logan every year,” Councillor Koranski said.