John Ree wins St John Ambulance Volunteer of the Year Award

St John Chairman Shayne Leslie presents John Ree with his award.
St John Chairman Shayne Leslie presents John Ree with his award.

MANDURAH man John Ree won the Volunteer of the Year Award for his work in the Heritage Centre.

He was recognised at the St John Ambulance WA Awards on August 30 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

St John chief executive Tony Ahern said John has been volunteering in the Ian Kaye-Eddie Heritage Centre since 2006 but first joined St John Ambulance in 1956, at Serpentine.

“He’s served at many sub-centres, in many roles, over the years and has always been cheerful, reliable and hard working,” Mr Ahern said.

“John was one of the WA St John Ambulance volunteers sent to help with the Queensland floods clean up.

“In 2006, John helped with the work needed for the reopening of the museum and continues at the Heritage Centre, working on the digitisation of records, filing and restoration of equipment, including first aid boxes.

“He has converted a former resuscitation mannequin into a display model, used to exhibit a number of airway devices.

“John is a Knight of Grace with St John and has an Emerald Lifetime Achievement Certificate, marking 60 years of dedicated service to St John.

“He also holds an Order of St John Service Medal, a Gold Laurel Leaf.”