Award a joy for Joy

Resident Alice Kirkbride with volunteer Joy Parnell, who has been awarded the Bethanie Volunteer Medallion. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d405362
Resident Alice Kirkbride with volunteer Joy Parnell, who has been awarded the Bethanie Volunteer Medallion. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d405362

Celebrating its 10th year, The Bethanie Medallion is an honorary citation presented in recognition of an individual or organisation having a history of consistently delivering an exceptional standard of service in the aged care sector.

Braemar Presbyterian Care chief executive Glenn Muskett said Mrs Parnell was a deserving finalist in the volunteer category of the awards.

‘The staff and residents at Braemar are thrilled to see Joy’s many years of unwavering commitment to her voluntary work recognised,’ he said.

‘Joy has been a wonderful member of the Braemar team for more than 25 years now and in that time has made an incredible difference to the Braemar community.

‘While volunteering is not something Joy has pursued for accolades, we know it means a great deal to her to have her efforts acknowledged in this way.’

Mrs Parnell said she started volunteering for Braemar in 1987 and had helped organise street appeals, fetes, bus trips and Christmas concerts over the years.

She now volunteers at Braemar Lodge in Bicton, Braemar House in East Fremantle and Braemar Village in Willagee and is involved in weekly church services, playing music as well as bringing residents to the services and interacting with them.

‘I really enjoy my time at all three places interacting with the residents and staff,’ she said.

‘It is very evident there is a real caring Christian atmosphere at Braemar.’