A group of Mandurah volunteers who have contributed more than 65 years of service between them were honoured on Wednesday, 6th December.
The volunteers from Wearne House in Mandurah were celebrated at an afternoon tea and thanked for their outstanding dedication to the residents of Wearne House.
Every volunteer has a personal connection to Wearne House, whether that’s through family members or having worked there. Volunteers include former matron of 13 years, Mildred Underwood, and current residents of Amana Living’s hostel and retirement living accommodation.
Service Manager, Sharon Maitland, paid tribute to the volunteers and said Wearne House wouldn’t be the same without them.
“Every one of our volunteers helps to brighten the day of our residents in some way. They are part of our family here at Wearne House and we’re so thankful for their work and the hours they give each year. They’ve helped raise thousands of dollars for Wearne House over the years but their most important contribution is the smile they bring to people’s faces when they visit.”
The volunteers are heavily involved in every aspect of daily life at Wearne House. Over the years their roles have encompassed: helping with the library; taking cooking, exercise and art classes; fundraising; holding barbeques; running the Men’s Club; and even making the bells that will be used by residents at this year’s Mandurah Christmas pageant!
Volunteers who were recognised at the event include:
Dawn Reynolds – 13 years’ service
Roma Bear – 3 years’ service
Mildred Underwood – 34 years’ service
Nadia Constantine – 8 months’ service
Joan Diamond – 4 years’ service
Kathy Hayes – 7 years’ service
Pat Jones – 2 years’ service
Lesley Gould – 10 months’ service
Betty Butcher - 2 years’ service
Kim Butcher – 8 months’ service
This year, International Volunteer Day was celebrated on 5th December. It recognises recognition of the positive solidarity of volunteers and the essential role they play in communities across the world.