Caring Carey a top citizen

Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award Ron Carey with Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright and Premier Colin Barnett.
Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award Ron Carey with Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright and Premier Colin Barnett.

Each year the City presents Citizenship Awards to outstanding individuals and groups for their contributions.

Mr Carey, a South Guildford resident, was nominated for his many years of community service and his passion for caring for others.

He has volunteered with Community Care Services for seven years and dedicates his time to being a volunteer driver, assisting people who need transport to medical and social appointments.

The former police officer regularly volunteers up to three shifts a week and is always available to fill in and do extra when required.

He is also the chairman of the Swan Community Care Services Advisory Committee, which oversees 80 volunteers.

The committee is instrumental in providing services to assist the elderly and younger people with a disability to remain in their homes. Last year, Mr Carey ramped up his efforts in lobbying for more aged care planning in the City of Swan.

He said he hoped to continue that this year. “We’ve contacted 21 aged-care providers about the old Swan District Hospital site, so we’re hoping something will come of that,” he said.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Brooke Lippinkhof won the Citizenship Award for a person under 25 years for her community group volunteering efforts in the Altone region.

Brockman Community House and the Midland Men’s Shed received group awards.