Decades of ded­i­ca­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

WESTERN Suburbs vol­un­teers at the Art Gallery of WA, St Vin­cent de Paul, Ex­change Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, UWA and Kings Park were recog­nised at the WA Vol­un­teer Ser­vice Awards last week.

Se­niors and Vol­un­teer­ing Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son said vol­un­teers helped de­liver ser­vices, prod­ucts and op­por­tu­ni­ties that oth­er­wise might have been more ex­pen­sive or not pro­vided at all.

Wem­b­ley’s Daphne Wood and El­iz­a­beth Frith have been vol­un­teer­ing at the Art Gallery for a com­bined 67 years, af­ter both start­ing in the early 1980s.

Al­though not cur­rently con­duct­ing tours, Ms Wood men­tors tour guides, while Ms Frith still takes peo­ple around the gallery.

Su­bi­aco’s John Mitchell started at the char­ity St Vin­cent de Paul in 1987, and is now the pres­i­dent of its low-cost food com­mit­tee, while Sally McLeod from Mt Clare­mont has been a vol­un­teer mem­ber of the Ex­change Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for 26 years.

Joan Pope from Clare­mont has links to UWA go­ing back to 1954.

“I was co-opted to sev­eral com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing ma­jor events and pub­li­ca­tions, con­cerned with UWA’s cen­te­nary and I’m cur­rently re­search­ing staff, stu­dents and con­vo­ca­tion mem­bers dur­ing the Great War, gath­er­ing ma­te­rial for the Chron­i­cle of Con­vo­ca­tion, doc­u­ment­ing our his­tory,” Ms Pope said.

Ned­lands’ Cynthia Play­ford has been a Kings Park guide since 1984, and has de­vel­oped a wide knowl­edge of WA and ex­otic plants that she shares with park vis­i­tors.

Cynthia Play­ford, John Mitchell, El­iz­a­beth Frith, Tony Simp­son, Joan Pope, Daphne Wood and Sally McLeod.

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