VAL­UED VOL­UN­TEERS

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - STORY AND PHOTO BY BEV JOR­DAN

Ruth Petersen and Mar­i­lyn Tobin with Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne and Fed­eral Mitchell MP Alex Hawke

Long time vol­un­teers Ruth Petersen (35 years) and Mar­i­lyn Tobin (34 years) were hon­oured at the re­cent An­nual Gen­eral meet­ing of Hills Com­mu­nity Aid.

Both women vol­un­teer with Learn­ing in the Hills which is run at the Bal­combe Heights Es­tate.

Ruth, who runs the Stitches Class, has held a va­ri­ety of vol­un­teer roles from when it first opened in 1984 as Baulkham Hills Leisure Learn­ing Cen­tre.

Mar­i­lyn moved from a stu­dent to a teacher start­ing with chess. She has been teach­ing Mah Jong as a vol­un­teer for over 20 years.

Board Pres­i­dent Maria Ko­vacic said vol­un­teers were “crit­i­cal” to the suc­cess of Hills Com­mu­nity Aid.

She said the aim of Hills Com­mu­nity Aid, which turns 50 next year, was to help cre­ate “safe, healthy, con­nected and in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties”.

As well as Learn­ing in the Hills, Hills Com­mu­nity Aid runs a huge range of pro­grams in­clud­ing train­ing and up­skilling, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and No In­ter­est Loan pro­gram, plus the ride shar­ing ser­vice, Hill­sCarPal.

It also runs Safe Com­mu­ni­ties pro­grams which in­clude Mov­ing For­ward for vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

To find out more visit www.hca.or.au or call 9639 8620. The num­ber for Learn­ing in the Hills is 9639 8620.

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