WA’s longest standing vollies applauded during National Volunteer Week

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As part of the celebrations for National Volunteer Week, Communities held the WA Volunteer Service Awards.
Last updated: 17 May 2023

Image: Volunteers Nicholas Geronimos and Geoffrey Landwehr pictured either side of Minister for Volunteering Hon Stephen Dawson MLC. 

The annual awards acknowledge Western Australia's longest serving volunteers across three categories:

  • 25-49 years of volunteer service
  • 50-59 years of volunteer service
  • Lifetime of volunteer service (60 years or more of volunteer service)

This year, 155 individuals were celebrated through the awards program, receiving a commemorative pin and a personalised certificate in recognition of their service. This included six remarkable volunteers recognised with the Lifetime Volunteering Service Award:

  • Mr John Ree, St John Ambulance;
  • Mr Robert Fancote, Kelmscott Bulldogs Football Club;
  • Mr Nicholas Geronimos, Volunteer Fire and Rescue;
  • Mr Geoffrey Landwehr, Volunteer Fire and Rescue;
  • The late Mr Albert Winstanley, Roleystone Karragullen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (deceased); and
  • Ms Julienne Van Noort, Girl Guides Western Australia.

Among these 2023 Lifetime Award recipients honoured this week is John Ree (pictured below). John has served an extraordinary 64 years to St John Ambulance where he has been involved with multiple call outs, supporting the State Emergency Service (SES) and helping as lecturer for their cadet unit at Mandurah.

Image of a middle age man in St John Ambulance uniform

For more information on the Awards program, visit the Volunteer Service Awards webpage.

To find your own volunteering opportunity, please visit the Volunteering in Western Australia webpage