A West Australian volunteer who has spent more than half a century entertaining seniors is among a group of 10 volunteers who were honoured for their services at Government House today.
Watermans Bay resident Ron Hancock has volunteered with aged care provider Bethanie for more than 50 years, playing the piano for residents and brightening the lives of thousands of seniors.
The volunteers were presented with WA Volunteer Service Award badges for 50 or more years' service at the 2016 International Volunteer Day garden party, hosted by Volunteering WA.
Speaking at the ceremony, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles thanked the recipients and all West Australians who volunteered their time.
"Today is about celebrating the efforts of volunteers and the difference they make to our local communities," Mr Miles said.
"Collectively, these 10 recipients have volunteered more than 500 years of service to our communities - this is an extraordinary achievement.
"On behalf of all West Australians, I thank them for their incredible contributions and for making our State a better place."
The WA Volunteer Service Awards were introduced by the Liberal National Government in 2011 and recognise volunteers who have provided 25 or more and 50 or more years of service to one organisation.
The Minister said more than 830 volunteers in Western Australia had received an award since its introduction.
International Volunteer Day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism
Research conducted in 2014 by the Department of Local Government and Communities and Volunteering WA showed about 80% of West Australians volunteered over the course of a year
The State Government provided more than $1.3 million in funding to support volunteering last year
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2016 WA Volunteer Service Award for 50 years of service - Recipients
Mr Kenneth Hall, Royal Agricultural Society of WA (Dianella)
Mrs Margaret Sullivan, Country Women's Association of WA (Newdegate)
Dr Joan Pope, The University of Western Australia (Claremont)
Mrs Jessie Howell, YWCA (Merriwa)
Mrs Joy Lee, YWCA (Kewdale)
Mr Ronald Bennett JP, Royal Association of Justices of WA (Greenfields)
Mr Charles Bladen JP, Royal Association of Justices of WA (Applecross)
Mr John Mellowship JP, Royal Association of Justices of WA (Dianella)
Mr Ron Hancock, Bethanie Group (Watermans Bay)
Mr George Ferguson, St John Ambulance WA (Melville)
Other recipients (not in attendance):
Mr William Seimons OAM JP, Royal Association of Justices of WA (Corrigin)
Mr Derek Devlin, Perth City Football Club (Currambine)
Mr John Pritchard, Lions Club (Ellenbrook)
Mr Alan Alexander, Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (Waroona)
Mr Neil Birch, Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (Waroona)
Mr John Twaddle, Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (Waroona)
Mrs Phyllis Leavy, Australian Red Cross (Bentley)
Mrs Joyce Morgan, Australian Red Cross (Bunbury)
Mr John Swan, St John Ambulance Moora WA (Lancelin)