IF you are a senior actively involved in the community in the Gosnells and Canning area, chances are you have met Benita Peters.
The 73-year-old Gosnells resident volunteers her time in the City of Gosnells and Canning almost every day, helping seniors with her passion for the arts and crafts.
She helps out at the Willow Glades over 55 village and the Crochetters in Thornlie on a Monday, teaches knitting and crochet at the Cannington Library on Wednesday and teaches knitting, and crochet at the Thornlie Library on a Thursday afternoon.
She also volunteers her time on the weekend working at the Kelmscott Library on a Saturday with knitting and crochet, and on a Sunday she helps at The Agonis in Gosnells.
Ms Peters, who worked as a nurse up until the age of 70, said she always had a passion for arts and crafts and wanted to give back once she retired.
She said her passion and skills in arts and crafts stemmed from her mother while she grew up in Kuala Lumpur.
“I wanted to give back to the community at the same time doing all the things I wanted to do and enjoy my retirement,” she said.
“I loved arts and crafts from a very young age. I was good with my hands and imagination and have good creative ideas.
“I am more or less now almost full time doing work with seniors.”
Ms Peters moved over to Australia more than 40 years ago.
She said she was so busy caring and little time to peruse her creative skills and desires in arts and crafts.
“I began this journey to fulfil my ambitions and have been very happy and satisfied with what I have achieved in the last three years,” she said.
“I have followers who attend my classes. I enjoy making new friends, teaching and creating at the same time.”
All the classes Ms Peters leads are free and she is encouraging anyone interested to go along.
For more information or to attend Ms Peters’ classes, go to http://bit.ly/2bRvHsN or call 0409 103 258.