WANNEROO and Jonodalup residents were prominent among those honoured in the recent Volunteer Service Awards.
A long-serving volunteer with the Women and Infants Research Foundation and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Margaret Lay of Kingsley was recognised for almost four decades of service to the mothers, babies and families of WA.
Mrs Lay (88) was presented a Volunteer Service Award by Minister for Seniors and Volunteering Paul Miles last Wednesday at a ceremony held at the Constitutional Centre.
For 38 years, Mrs Lay has been a volunteer providing support to families following the loss of a baby, as well as clothes, blankets and essentials to disadvantaged women and newborns.
She retired from her position as volunteer co-ordinator in March but said it had been a “magic journey”.
“Today’s award is very humbling and makes me wonder where all the years have gone,” she said.
“When I look at the final result, I think that is reward in itself. It’s been an enormous piece of my life and I’ve loved it all and I feel very proud of what it’s achieved.”
Foundation volunteer co-ordinator Jenny Reid said Mrs Lay had put together thousands of packs to provide information, support and comfort to families through the hospital’s perinatal loss service, and established a group of volunteers who knit and sew clothing for baby bundles given to parents in need.
“We’re so proud of Margaret’s work and dedication to the mums and babies at King Edward over the years,” she said.
Wendy Wheildon, of Sorrento, Shirley Beazely, of Wangara, and Marie Wilson, of Merriwa, were honoured for their service to the Monomeeth Club.
Janet Read, of Kingsley, received an award for her 25 years volunteering with the Friends of Osborne Park Hospital.
Christopher Barugh, of Wanneroo, was honoured for 25 years volunteering with the Wanneroo Scout Group.
Derek Young, of Two Rocks, was honoured for 25 years at Scarborough Beach and North Beach scout groups and Two Rocks Yanchep Emergency Scout Group.