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Volunteering brings joy to community

Volunteering brings joy to community For close to half a century, Yagoona resident Joy Green has brought joy to many, by dedicating her life to the community, which has earned her recognition this Australia Day. Yes Volunteering brings joy to community For close to half a century, Yagoona resident Joy Green has brought joy to many, by dedicating her life to the community, which has earned her recognition this Australia Day. News Columns; News and Updates
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​For close to half a century, Yagoona resident Joy Green has brought joy to many, by dedicating her life to the community, which has earned her recognition this Australia Day.

Today, the 85-year-old was named the 2019 Canterbury-Bankstown Volunteer of the Year, acknowledging her tireless commitment to the Bass Hill RSL Ladies Auxiliary.

"I feel very special and it’s nothing I could have ever dreamed of," she said.

"It’s an honour. I am very proud of the work I do as treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary and to be a part of this group for more than 47 years."

Mrs Green’s main objective is to help ex-servicemen and women and their widows or widowers.

"We visit nursing homes and hospitals, assist with the Meals on Wheels service and help fundraise," she said.

"One of the biggest ways we contribute is through assisting at the ANZAC Day breakfast after the Dawn Service and through other community functions."

On top of her Auxiliary work, the altruistic Mrs Green has racked up an impressive amount of charitable hours in other groups and organisations, including:

  • In the canteen at Birrong High School;
  • Acting as treasurer of Yagoona’s First Scout Group for 19 years;
  • Assisting with the delivery of Meals on Wheels for 44 years; and
  • Playing an active role in her children’s sports and activities, such as soccer, rugby league, tennis and ballroom dancing.

Mayor Khal Asfour congratulated Mrs Green on her many achievements.​

"Joy is not only a role model for our youth and seniors, because she proves age is no barrier in helping the community in a positive way," he said.

"On behalf of the City, I would like to thank Joy and every resident who makes an effort to improve the lives of others."


 27/01/2019 1:44 PM