John Ree wins vol­un­teer of year award

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MANDURAH man John Ree won the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award for his work in the Her­itage Cen­tre.

He was recog­nised at the St John Am­bu­lance WA Awards on Au­gust 30 at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

St John chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern said Mr Ree had been vol­un­teer­ing in the Ian Kaye-Ed­die Her­itage Cen­tre since 2006 but first joined St John Am­bu­lance in 1956 at Ser­pen­tine.

“He’s served at many sub-cen­tres in many roles over the years and has al­ways been cheer­ful, re­li­able and hard work­ing,” Mr Ah­ern said.

“John was one of the WA St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers sent to help with the Queens­land floods clean-up.

“In 2006, John helped with re­open­ing the mu­seum and con­tin­ues at the Her­itage Cen­tre, work­ing on the digi­ti­sa­tion of records, fil­ing and restora­tion of equip­ment, in­clud­ing first aid boxes.

“He has con­verted a for­mer re­sus­ci­ta­tion man­nequin into a dis­play model, used to ex­hibit a num­ber of air­way de­vices.

“John is a Knight of Grace with St John and has an Emer­ald Life­time Achieve­ment Cer­tifi­cate, mark­ing 60 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to St John.

“He also holds an Or­der of St John Ser­vice Medal and a Gold Lau­rel Leaf.”

St John chair­man Shayne Les­lie presents John Ree with his award.

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