TO the people of Perth, Ruby Eagle encapsulates all that it means to be a volunteer.
The long-time guide at the Aquarium of WA was last week named the People’s Choice ‘Spirit of Volunteering’ award winner at the WA Volunteer of the Year awards.
Ms Eagle has helped at AQWA for 24 years and uses her past experience as a teacher to help educate children about the marine environment and the importance of preserving it.
“Ruby believes in providing people with tips on how to actively save endangered species, such as simply keeping our waterways clean,” her citation read.
“Often it is difficult to know when a visitor wants information or not and where their current level of understanding is, but Ruby’s nonthreatening, gentle nature means there are very few people who won’t take up a conversation with her and learn why protecting our environment is important.”
The People’s Choice award, sponsored by Community News, was determined by a public vote for the 10 finalists.
It was one of eight awards presented by Volunteering WA last Thursday.
Ken Blackie, a founding member of Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group who has been fundamental in growing the organisation from a small group 45 years ago to a 24hour, 365 days of the year service, was named WA Volunteer of the Year.
Spirit of Volunteering award winner Ruby Eagle.