Vollies get recognised

Vollies get recognised

Oakford resident Adrian Pardini, Roleystone resident Margaret Green, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles and Armadale resident Faith Burns after the award presentation.

Three long serving from the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale were recognised for their multiple decades of service at the WA Volunteer Service Awards on September 28.

Armadale resident Faith Burns was recognised for 43 years with the Young Women’s Christian Association.

Roleystone resident Margaret Green has been with the Art Gallery for 28 years.

She has been delivering tours of the Art Gallery and its collection to booked school groups and members of the public and in 2008, after 20 years of service and an estimated 550 tours, she was awarded Life Status as a Voluntary Gallery Guide.

Margaret still attends fortnightly professional development sessions and acts as a mentor to new guides.

Oakford resident Adrian Pardini has been volunteering with Fremantle PCYC since 1989.

He has assisted in fundraising activities such as running blue light discos, barbecues and cake stalls.

He also undertakes basic handy-man tasks around the centre and coordinates the air rifles program.

Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles commended all the volunteers.

“Without volunteers, some organisations simply would not be able to provide services needed to support some of our most vulnerable citizens,” he said.

“I hope this recognition goes some way to showing our gratitude for the service given over many years.”

More than 800 volunteers have received the award since it was launched in 2011.

Research conducted in 2014 by the Department of Local Government and Communities and Volunteering WA showed about 80 per cent of West Australians volunteered over the course of a year.