Medal for long-time vol­un­teer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 -

CITY of Stir­ling’s Se­nior Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen of the Year Di Watts has been sup­port­ing non-profit groups for 12 years, but has no plans to stop now.

The 67-year-old Church­lands res­i­dent re­ceived the ac­co­lade on Aus­tralia Day.

“It’s great to be hon­oured and ac­knowl­edged for the hard work I’ve put in,” Ms Watts said.

“It started with the Red Cross and I’ve raised money for So­lar­iscare and the Royal WA His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and now I’m mov­ing on to Arthri­tis WA and the WA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts (WAAPA).

“My main aim now is to help the (WAAPA) mu­si­cians with a con­cert com­ing up in the next few months.

“They are the fu­ture of mu­sic and they’re ex­tremely tal­ented.”

A brain tu­mour in 2002 led Ms Watts to help­ing oth­ers.

“My doc­tor said after one year re­cov­er­ing from the brain tu­mour that I should just call the Red Cross and tell them they need me.

“After I was able to walk and not have to eat ev­ery­thing out of a straw, I made the call.

“I want to in­spire peo­ple to come out and vol­un­teer.”

The mother of three daugh­ters and grand­mother of six chil­dren said vol­un­teer­ing helped in her re­cov­ery.

“It gave me the courage to come back out and even get back to paid work,” she said.

Stir­ling Mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano said the nom­i­nees across the cat­e­gories were won­der­ful and ac­tive cit­i­zens who contributed much to the com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d464855

Di Watts has been awarded the Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen of the Year medal for her hard work.

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