Vol­un­teer spirit

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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