Vol­un­teer is hon­oured for her work

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

Ongerup’s Emily Jaekel has won the St John Coun­try Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Young Vol­un­teer of the Year award.

At the St John Am­bu­lance WA Awards cer­e­mony at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, she was recog­nised as one of the out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als work­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ms Jaekel or­gan­ised the Ongerup sub cen­tre to com­pete in this year’s St John Healthy Chal­lenge.

St John WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern said Ms Jaekel was plan­ning to com­plete her Level 2 train­ing as a vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cer this year.

“She be­gan with St John Am­bu­lance in 2015 and last year, at just 21, be­came the youngest com­mit­tee mem­ber elected to the Gnowangerup sub cen­tre com­mit­tee,” Mr Ah­ern said.

“Emily is seen as a liv­ing ex­am­ple of the mis­sion of St John.

“She is car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate in giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity and is well re­garded by her peers, of all ages.

“Emily is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ru­ral Sci­ence which she has cho­sen to com­plete on­line, rather than re­lo­cate and leave the fam­ily farm and her St John com­mit­ments.”

Ms Jaekel re­ceived the Pre­mier’s Aus­tralia Day Ac­tive Ci­ti­zen­ship Award for her com­mu­nity work two years ago.

St John WA chair­man Shayne Les­lie presents Emily Jaekel with her award.

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