When a new young Mayor took over Wyndham City Council

By Our Reporter

For young Samarveer Sandhu, Tuesday, the 25th of May, will always be a memorable one. After all, he just got to taste what it is like to be in the corridors of power.

Sandhu from Williams Landing was named Mayor for the Morning by the Mayor of Wyndham City Council on Tuesday in recognition of his amazing volunteer work and dedication to the community.

The Mayor for the Morning is a new initiative started by the Mayor of Wyndham City Council to acknowledge the volunteer and community work done by the young generation within the Wyndham region.

“We received a communication from the Mayor’s office two weeks ago that they want Samarveer to be named the first youngest recipient of this initiative due to his hard work towards community and Victoria Police,” said a proud father Japinder.

Samarveer passed his first Mayoral motion on Tuesday morning with the support of Cr Susan McIntyre, that “all children aged eight and nine and above volunteer and help the community”.

“I had a very good day. I spent nearly 90 minutes with madam Mayor and her team. She led me to the door of the council office and also told me about the role and responsibilities of the Mayor and councillors. I felt really proud and overwhelmed,” said Samarveer, who also received a certificate from the Mayor.

Samarveer has also been invited to be a guest speaker at the next upcoming citizenship ceremony.

Samarveer was only six years only when he started following his father, who as a volunteer for United Sikhs and the Wyndham Park Community Centre, has been involved with charity works.

During COVID-19, Samarveer got down to helping his father who was cooking over 400 meals each week for more than 100 families and delivering them, an achievable initiative for someone his age. The food he says were given to homeless people, elderly, single parents, international students and those affected by the pandemic.

During Christmas and the New Year, Samarveer also picked up food from Aldi for families in need within the Wyndham region.

Samarveer’s extraordinary selfless service has been acknowledged by many volunteer organisations.

The Westbourne Grammar School student was also appointed a Junior Ambassador by Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation. Last year, when in an unfortunate accident four Victoria police officers lost their lives, it impacted Samarveer greatly, who wrote a letter to Police Minister Lisa Neville advocating for better safety. Now, as junior Ambassador he will represent the Victoria Police in community and cultural events. He is one of the youngest Victoria police Ambassadors.

Samarveer wants to be a policeman when he grows up.

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