I’ve had over 25 years’ experience as a social worker in the community services sector and have always known the important role volunteers play, yet I remain constantly amazed and impressed by the number of volunteers I meet in my role as a local Member of Parliament. Volunteering I think ultimately says something very hopeful about human nature and community – that everywhere you go, across all aspects of our lives, people remain committed to giving up their time in service of others. Our schools wouldn’t be the welcoming communities they are without parents and community members stepping up to be on Boards and P&Cs.
Patients would have a very different experience of hospitals if it weren’t for volunteers who act as guides, transport, and emotional support. As we come out of a successful season of Summer Sport for WA – consider there wouldn’t be professional sport if it weren’t for all the parents and others volunteering as team managers and coaches for Aus Kick or Little Nippers to provide pathways to professional leagues. Our local environment wouldn’t be diverse, well cared for or as protected as it is without the advocacy and hard work of our many Bushland, Tree Canopy and River Care groups. These are just a few examples, and there are many more.
If you know (or are) a volunteer who deserves recognition please email my office [email protected] for a registration link to our celebration event. My team and I recently had the honour of volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, preparing dinners for the 80 children and families staying there while children receive care at Perth Children’s Hospital. I can highly recommend this humbling yet uplifting experience. I spoke about my visit to Ronald McDonald House in Parliament just recently – you can listen at www.parliament.wa.gov.au.
My next coffee catch up is February 17, 10 – 11.30am, Little Abbey, 51 Aberdare Road, Nedlands. Come with questions or concerns or just to say hello!