Yokine gem reflects on 30 years of volunteer work

June England volunteered with the City of Stirling for 29 years before retiring recently when she turned 90. She helped with Books on Wheels and at Nollamara Day Centre. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
June England volunteered with the City of Stirling for 29 years before retiring recently when she turned 90. She helped with Books on Wheels and at Nollamara Day Centre. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

YOKINE resident June England has ended her volunteer service after 30 years, but that does not mean the 90-year-old is keeping less busy.

Ms England began volunteering after she retired, first at Scitech for 13 years before helping at Osborne Library.

“I did all sorts of things, I was a volunteer who picked books for Books on Wheels,” she said.

“When I first started I used to pick books and taken them out in my own car.”

Then in 2004, she started volunteering at Nollamara Day Centre.

Her mother had done volunteer work so Ms England thought it was a natural progression.

“I always thought when I finished working I would volunteer,” she said.

“It was just something you did when you retired.”

After nearly 30 years volunteering with the City of Stirling, Ms England had to stop when she turned 90 earlier this year.

Though disappointed, she said she used to wonder how she would decide to finish.

“I was beginning to get to the stage where I found it difficult,” she said.

“I didn’t have to (decide), it was taken out of my hands.”

But she will continue to keep busy; she visits the library to check out books every fortnight, goes to the gym two to four times a week, and enjoys cooking.

Ms England loved her time volunteering and described it as a rewarding experience.

“I enjoyed meeting different people all the time, and it’s a satisfying feeling, feeling like you are helping someone,” she said.

“It helps other people and it helps yourself.

“You meet lots of people you don’t know and have to get to know.”

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