But earlier this month these local champions were acknowledged at the 2010 Oxley Community Awards.
The Oxley Community Awards was created by Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll four years ago to acknowledge and pay homage to those unsung heroes in the community who contribute to making Oxley a lively and thriving community.
Held at the Goodna Bowls Club, the recipients were awarded for a diverse range of volunteer activities including sport, multicultural affairs, charity work and servicing the local community.
"It was a humbling experience to be in the room with so many of our local treasures," Mr Ripoll said.
"The work these individuals do every day is inspiring to everyone and shows community spirit is indeed alive and well in our local area.
"Volunteers play a vital role in our community, participating through an extraordinary range of activities - from sporting, arts and recreational clubs to health and welfare organisations, heritage and environmental bodies - the work they do in our local area is breathtaking.
"On behalf of the people of Oxley, I want to thank the 2010 Oxley Community Award recipients and the countless number of volunteers who give up their time every day to help contribute to our thriving local community."
2010 Oxley Community Awards Recipients
Family & Community Support
Brenda Orr (Springfield)
Gillian Middleton (Durack)
Robert Brown (Forest Lake)
Stephanie Beekman (Camira)
Margaret McGillivray (Durack)
Theresa O'Connell (Collingwood Park)
Helen Findlay (Inala)
Miriam Cope (Inala)
Arts & Cultural Activities
Elijah Harari (Goodna)
Sabapathy Paramathan (Middle Park)
Ezzat Guindy (Jindalee)
Ron Cole (Jindalee)
Sandra Fitzgerald (Bellbird Park)
Pye Augustine (Springfield Lakes)
Joel Barns (Springfield Lakes)
Brian Algeo (Bellbird Park)
Mat Britton (Springfield Lakes)
Peter Ribes (Brookwater)
Adam Atherton (Springfield Lakes)