Volunteer Stories

Volunteer Stories

Congratulations to all of our local 50+ Year Volunteer Service Badge Recipients

The full list of recipients is available from the Department for Communities website

BEAUGLEHOLE Betty Beauglehole joined the Bunbury branch of the Country Women’s Association of Western Australia in 1954. She transferred to the Dardanup branch and served for 16 years before joining the Leschenault/South Bunbury branch in 1998. Betty was awarded the CWA Loyal Service Badge in 2004; honorary branch life member of the Leschenault/South Bunbury branch in 2009; and the CWA 50 year service certificate in 2010. She is currently branch Vice -President.

FLEAY Barbara Fleay has given 53 years of service to Girl Guilds WA as a Guide Leader in Capel, Brunswick, and Bunbury where she is still an active Leader. Barbara mentors new Leaders and until very recently was also the District Leader for the Bunbury area. Barbara is a Life Member of Girl Guides WA.

FRY Valerie Fry of Australind is a member of a Red Cross Unit who organises fundraising and promotional events to support the work of the Red Cross. Members are often involved in services such as Hospital Visiting and Trolley Services, Red Cross Shops, Emergency Services, Telecross, Community Visitors Scheme, Hands on Care, and assisting with the annual fundraiser, Red Cross Calling.

GANFIELD Coral Ganfield’s contribution to City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving included her patrol at Back Beach intermittently from 1983 through 1999 and her fund raising and social activities to this present day. In the early 1970s Coral was organiser of the Junior Activities of the club-competition in Perth, the Sunday morning activities and of the monthly social gathering of seniors with a “butt of beef” which was cooked and organised by Coral. Coral enhances the social fabric of our club to this very day with her contribution to the conduct of the two interclub SLSWA country carnivals over the last seasons, and her assistance with our club’s Christmas luncheon each year.

GANFIELD Errol Ganfield’s commitment to the City of Bunbury SLSC and to SLSWA began in 1960 when he attained his Bronze Medallion. He has since dedicated numerous hours to patrol, to building the social fabric of the club, to maintenance and building of club infrastructure projects. Errol today plays a key role in the “Old Boys” which upholds the tradition of the club swim and fellowship of lifesavers.

GEORGE Pamela George of Brunswick is a member of a Red Cross Unit who organises fundraising and promotional events to support the work of the Red Cross. Members are often involved in services such as Hospital Visiting and Trolley Services, Red Cross Shops, Emergency Services, Telecross, Community Visitors Scheme, Hands on Care, and assisting with the annual fundraiser, Red Cross Calling.

LEECE John Leece has been coaching Hockey since 1957. John coached in Busselton until 1970 and then in Perth from 1971. Since he stopped coaching teams, he has been involved at many levels from State under 16 Talent Camps to individual sessions. John still runs a Skills Session at Selby Street.

LEECE Shirley Leece has been involved in umpiring hockey since 1957 in Busselton. Moving to Perth in 1971, she continued to umpire at local level and at Australian level. She was on the WA Women’s Hockey Board for many years and the WAWHA Umpires Committee as well as coaching umpiring and technical coaching. She received the Australian Sports Medal, the Reg Goodridge Service Award. Shirley retired from technical duties at local & national level in 2008.

MAGINI Giacomo Magini joined the North West Muradup Brigade (now Changerup Bush Fire Brigade) in 1954 and helped build the original fire station. As a landowner, he was an active member of Kulieup Brigade and on retiring joined Gelorup Brigade in 1996. He has been an active fire fighter in all brigades and is still active in Gelorup Brigade.

NEWBY Ron Newby joined the Harvey Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1957 and is still an active member of this Brigade. Ron has been an office bearer for the Harvey Volunteer Fire and Rescue in excess of 30 years. He coached the competition team for 12 years, winning a State Championship in 1965. Ron won the State Championship Fire Fighter at the Easter Championships in 1964, 1965, and 1967. He continues to attend all meetings, drills, and call outs. Ron is an outstanding member of the Harvey community and an inspiration to his brigade.

PRICE Anthony Price has served as a Trustee of the Binningup Beach Christian Youth Camp since its inception in 1955 and was instrumental in realising the vision of this camp that embraced all Christian denominations. Anthony held positions on the Camp Committee as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary from 1970 to 1989. A resident of Harvey, Anthony has dedicated 55 years to developing the camp from canvas tents to a 78 bed fully serviced camp with a Manager’s residence.

STONE Bill Stone of Burekup received his 50 year volunteer badge at the 2012 Thank a Volunteer Day celebration at Dolphin Discovery Centre on 5 December 2012.  Bill is with the Waterloo Fire Brigade and intends to keep fighting fires for as long as he can.  He is passionate about his role with the Brigade and his comrades.  He is an example of someone who is proud to be an Australian and quietly goes about aiding the community where he can.  Before I even knew who he was I was calling him ‘muscles’ as he opened bottles of champagne for me!

TALBOT Frederick Talbot was originally involved with Roelands Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and was appointed Fire Control Officer in 1969, a position he currently holds. Approximately 24 years ago, in 1987, he identified the need for a fire unit in the Roelands Brunswick and Olive Hill region. Fundraising commenced and a second hand Land Rover was purchased and fitted out. The brigade was then called Combined Bush Fire Brigade of Olive Hill, Roelands and Brunswick. His volunteer role still continues today.

WALTERS Basil Walters joined North Acton Park Volunteer Bush Fire brigade in 1961. Even before that time, he was involved in fire fighting from the late 1940s – helping neighbours & friends. Basil was Brigade Captain for 5 years, then Fire Control Officer (FCO) for 40 years and is still an active member. Basil also held the role of Chief FCO for Busselton Shire for 3 years.

WORTS Ursula Worts is a member of the Donnybrook Red Cross Unit who organises fundraising and promotional events to support the work of the Red Cross. Members are often involved in services such as Hospital Visiting and Trolley Services, Red Cross Shops, Emergency Services, Telecross, Community Visitors Scheme, Hands on Care, and assisting with Trolley Services, Red Cross Shops, Emergency Services, Telecross, Community Visitors Scheme, Hands on Care, and assisting with the annual fundraiser, Red Cross Calling.

 

Keith French- Ready and able to volunteer!

Keith lived and worked the family farm until five years ago when he opted for a ‘seachange’, moving to Busselton where he now lives with his sister.  HIs new healthy lifestyle has created many opportunities for him to enjoy every available acitivity in Busselton and surrounding areas and Keith has discovered a love for music and plays guitar with Mike from ‘Life Without Barriers’ in Margaret River.

With an extensive volunteering history… Keith volunteers weekly at Geographe Landcare Community Nursery, and has previously also volunteered at Meals on Wheels, St.Mary’s Op Shop, Salvation Army, Soup Kitchan and through the Volunteer South West ‘Enhancing Access’ program, has also volunteered for Dolphin Discovery Centre, Intown Lunch Centre, Red Cross and Big Swamp Wildlife Park- all in Bunbury.

As Keith is involved in many activities and programs, he also helps others when he is participating in sporting or weekend programs, who are not so able.

Keith has many interests including guitar, singing, art, and sailing and is very well travelled!  An inspirational person indeed!

Chris Lea – Forgotten Australian

Chris is a local bloke – with a long and complicated story.

Being an adventurous 13yr old, after running away from home and an alcoholic father, Chris was arrested in Brisbane and was placed in the ‘Westbrook Farm’ home for boys.  His father thought it best to leave him there– as a lesson. Chris describes this home as a place of horror and torture, with hours of running around the compound boundary, living on bread and water and beatings.

At 15, Chris was living back with his parents, and drinking heavily with his father, who was pleased for a drinking buddy.  Chris now had a drinking problem and after a stint in prison at 19, Chris headed to Perth to ‘start afresh’, finding work as a brickies labourer and for 20 years– an underground miner, a dangerous occupation.

Moving to Bunbury 10 years ago and no longer drinking, anxiety and panic attacks are a big part of his life.  Looking back now, Chris realises his drinking was self medicating for severe anxiety resulting from his earlier days in the ‘home’, which he claims “ruined his whole life”.

An important part of Chris’ life and a part of his healing came through volunteering– driving and helping elderly people to do their shopping and get to dentists and doctor’s etc.

“Volunteering is giving someone your time.  To help someone is a two way street.  You can see the thanks in someone’s eyes.  You don’t have to hear them”. Chris Lea

Paula Mathieson– Corporate Volunteer, National Australia Bank

The National Australia Bank has implemented a new leave type ‘Volunteer Leave’ to encourage staff to volunteer in their communities.  I contacted VSW to let them know my skills, and to assist me to find an organisation that I could assist in a volunteer capacity for the 16 hours of leave.  I am no expert, but do have administrative and organisational skills that can help with other organisations, even from the point of view of looking at their situations from an outside point of view.

I worked at the Dolphin Discovery Centre and found the staff wonderful to work with.  Their exuberance at what they do and what they are trying
to provide the community was a wonder to able to share with.  When I volunteer– I don’t see myself as a corporate volunteer.  I’m just another 
person willing to share my learning’s and experiences with others and to learn from them.  It is very rewarding to know you are helping others

I believe volunteering is a two way experience.  Whilst I share my knowledge with the volunteer group– I learn much more from their attitude to volunteering; approach to volunteering and their overall enjoyment in what they do.  I am humbled by the experience.