East Fremantle resident recognised for her work as Justice of the Peace

Patricia Newton with her husband.
Patricia Newton with her husband.

AFTER being a Justice of the Peace (JP) for 25 years, Patricia Newton said she was honoured and humbled to be honoured for her volunteer activities.

On December 6 Mrs Newton was given a WA Volunteer Service Award for her long-standing service – and being a JP is just one aspect of her community spirit.

“I was involved in junior football clubs, organised the junior cricket club and did the roster for the Fremantle Town Hall,” she said.

“I had never thought about being a Justice of the Peace.

“At the time I was working in an office and I had done a lot of volunteering at that stage.

“A gentleman I knew asked why don’t I become a JP and then he nominated me.”

Mrs Newton said she respected those who gave up their time for the good of society.

“I really admire the sea rescue, fire brigade and SES who put their lives on the line to help people,” she said.

Mrs Newton said she plans to keep on volunteering.

“You don’t do it for the awards or the rewards, you do it because you want to help people,” she said.

“I would encourage anyone to give it a go, because if you don’t give it a go you will never know.”