Community stalwarts presented with medals

Left: Helen Heath with Yanchep and Districts CWA president Gladys Shave. Above: Raymond Humphry.
Left: Helen Heath with Yanchep and Districts CWA president Gladys Shave. Above: Raymond Humphry.

VOLUNTEERS who have given at least 50 years of service to community organisations received awards recently.

Four local Country Women’s Association members, an agricultural society volunteer and a firefighter received 50-year volunteer service badges from Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson earlier this month.

They included Two Rocks resident Helen Heath and Kathleen Richardson, from Edgewater, who are members of the Yanchep and Districts CWA branch.

Mrs Heath has given 54 years to CWA, holding several office-bearing positions and working on the State handicraft committee to teach craft around WA.

Mrs Richardson has been a member for 67 years, and held various office bearer positions as well, including State treasurer, and remains a member of the CWA finance group.

Merriwa’s Judy Yeo also received the badge for 60 years of continuous membership with CWA, having served three years as president, three years as secretary, five years as vice-president, five years as reporter, five years as handicraft organiser and many years on the garden committee.

Gingin’s Sylvia Harris first joined the Gingin CWA in 1956 and has held many positions, plus baked for hundreds of CWA and community functions.

She has also dedicated almost a decade to the CWA choir, and when the Gingin branch closed, she joined the Koorunga branch, and received her loyal service badge in 1982.

Kingsley’s Raymond Humphry joined the Canning Agricultural Horticultural and Recreational Society in July 1948 and celebrated 65 years of volunteer service to the society this year.

He was awarded life membership in 1977, and is still involved in running the Canning Show.

Another Gingin resident, George Grant, has been a member of the Gingin West Fire Brigade since he was 16.

During his service he has held the positions of vice-captain, captain and fire control officer. Since 1997, Mr Grant has been the deputy chief fire control officer for the Shire.