Ardross Princess Margaret Hospital volunteer says biggest reward is being able to help


PMH volunteer Ann Taylor.
PMH volunteer Ann Taylor.

ANN Taylor has given plenty and taken little – but for the Ardross resident, being able to help is all the reward she needs.

Ms Taylor has been a dedicated member of the Applecross Anglican Church’s Mothers Union, the World Organisation for Early Childhood and the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital.

Melville’s 2018 Citizen of the Year has also given three decades of volunteering service to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

Ms Taylor was inspired to join volunteers at the children’s hospital after receiving a tour of the facility.

In her time there she has helped introduce the ward shopping trolley, opened an outpatient’s tearoom and spent time as president of the volunteering committee.

She also worked the Friendship Room’s evening roster for 20 years, assisting families of children in surgery.

She said it was this role – reassuring families there was someone there who understood how they felt – where she knew she was making a difference.

“You can’t change what’s happening but we can be a shoulder to cry on,” she said.

Debbie Karasinski, chair of the Child and Adolescent Health Service, said Ms Taylor was an important volunteer.

“The board of the Child and Adolescent Health Service is sincerely grateful to Ann Taylor for the dedication she has shown and continues to show to improving the experience of children and families in Princess Margaret Hospital and for the great difference she makes to the community of Western Australia,” she said.

Ms Taylor was recognised as Melville’s 2018 Citizen of the Year on Australia Day.

She admitted being so shocked she could hardly get out of her chair.

“I’d been told I was nominated but Melville has so many volunteers. I was gobsmacked, I really was,” she said of the win.

“That’s not why you volunteer.

“All the reward is being able to help.

“That’s all that is necessary.”

 

Know a deserving volunteer?

Head to awards.volunteeringwa.org.au before March 9 to nominate them for the 2018 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards.