A wonderful passion for volunteering was rewarded earlier this year when Auburn Mayor Ned Attie presented a Seniors Week Award to 90 year old BaptistCare volunteer Jean Armstrong.
Jean has worked tirelessly as a volunteer supporting the elderly and people with disabilities over the past 25 years and was delighted to receive the award. She has helped hundreds of local people in multicultural Auburn and surrounds to stay in their own home for longer.
“Jean has supported our aged and disability clients every Thursday on our shopping bus, helping so many seniors keep their independence,” said David Somers, BaptistCare Community Transport Facilitator.
“Jean collects the money and writes out the receipts while volunteering on our shopping bus. On many occasions Jean has gone out of her way to welcome any new clients that has joined our service.”
She has also recruited many new volunteers from many different cultural backgrounds to join BaptistCare’s volunteer base and created a volunteer support network giving advice from her vast experience on how to be an effective volunteer.
“With her gentle smile and reassuring support, Jean makes everyone feel good about themselves,” David said.
Many new clients have gone on to become Jean’s lifelong friends.
In 2001, Jean won the Review Community Thankyou award for her work preparing Meals on Wheels and for visiting the aged at hospitals and nursing homes. Back in 2001 she said she would keep volunteering “as long as her legs could carry her.” It seems Jean has plenty of miles left in those legs!
Thank you Jean for your contagious passion for volunteering and congratulations on an award well deserved!