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Inspiring Volunteer Stories

Volunteers make a positive impact in their community and in other people’s lives each and everyday! As an ongoing short film project, Melville Volunteer Resource Centre (MVRC) will be featuring the amazing stories of volunteers in our community.

Meet Vicky and Karen, puppy raiser volunteers at Guide Dogs WA.  Vicky is currently raising Sheba while Karen is raising Archie. These puppies will grow up to be either a Guide Dog, Autism Assistance Dog, Companion Dog for children and adults with a disability, and/or a Therapy Dog and change someone’s life.

Meet Debra who volunteers for the Melville Community Arts Association. She assists in the set-up of various art exhibitions at the Atwell Gallery.

Meet Clive and Shane, volunteers at Lifeline WA. They both work as counsellors on the Crisis Support Phone Line assisting people who call up in crisis and are in need of support.

Meet Hayley, a volunteer at Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC). She volunteers with the Bush Crew that help with weeding, native tree and shrub planting and the general maintenance of PLEEC, as well as assisting in the environmental education programs that run out of PLEEC.

Meet Kirsten Tannenbaum, a volunteer with the Applecross Support Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Kirsten coordinates a valuable support, information, education and counselling service to breastfeeding mothers. She is very passionate about empowering mothers in this major life change.

Meet Sue Weightman, a volunteer from Civic Square Library. Sue assists with valuable tasks involved in keeping the library running smoothly.

Meet Camila Bedulli, a travelling volunteer helping out with extremely valuable conservation work through Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA).

Meet Paul Redman, a volunteer from Capital Community Radio broadcasting from Wireless Hill in Applecross. Paul hosts the popular Capital Classics programme on Thursday nights, bringing joy to dedicated listeners in Perth and beyond.

Meet Allan Watson, a volunteer from Capital Community Radio. Allan is the long term presenter of the popular swing programme and much appreciated treasurer for the station.

Meet Mario, a volunteer for Chorus at the Bull Creek Community Centre. Mario volunteers his time helping out in the kitchen and cooking delicious cuisine for the Italian Group on a Wednesday.

David is a volunteer for ConnectGroup’s Hand to Heart program. This program aims to reconnect those older people in our community who have become socially isolated. The program was initially funded by the Department of Communities Age-Friendly Innovation and Implementation Grants.

Meet Angela..

I volunteer at the Melville Senior High School Canteen as I wanted to contribute to the local community in a positive, helpful way. The generosity of spirit that comes from the team leader makes for an enjoyable workplace. Everyone is supportive and patient, in an environment that is busy and happy. The students are provided with excellent food variety of the healthiest kind and are a delight to interact with. To sell out all the food you made is a thrill. If you are looking to work in a friendly, extremely efficient and productive kitchen where you will be appreciated, this might be the job for you. Every day is different and interesting and memorable!

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