Como’s Marguerita Pawle celebrates 17 years of volunteer work at Perth Airport

Como resident Marguerita Pawle loves the atmosphere at Perth Airport. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Como resident Marguerita Pawle loves the atmosphere at Perth Airport. Picture: Jon Hewson.

COMO resident Marguerita Pawle became a Perth Airport Gold Coat ambassador after encountering a helpful volunteer at Charles de Gaulle Airport following a missed connecting flight out of Paris in 2000.

“I had to cross between the two main airports to catch the flight and I remember being a bit lost and a woman in a red blazer stepped up and helped me out, she was marvellous,” she said.

“When I got back to Perth, I was speaking to a friend a year later about it and she mentioned there was an advertisement in the newspaper about Perth Airport looking for volunteers.”

Ms Pawle is one of two original Gold Coat ambassadors who started in 2001 although there are now 85 volunteers, who provide a friendly welcome and fond farewell to passengers.

Como resident Marguerita Pawle loves the atmosphere at Perth Airport. Picture: Jon Hewson.

“I’ve always liked the atmosphere of an airport, people are mostly happy although there are some tears as people depart,” she said.

“It’s a busy, bustling place but I love the interaction with passengers and I enjoy my time with the other volunteers, we always have a good laugh.”

The contribution of Australia’s volunteers will be recognised during National Volunteering Week, which takes place between May 21-27.

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