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In December, Vinnies Ozanam House in Canning Vale hosted a morning tea and plaque presentation, honouring our Members and Volunteers who have served 25+ years.

The creation of a plaque wall was an idea first suggested by Vinnies Volunteer Manager May Bowden. She says that creating a physical and permanent reminder recognises the incredible value and importance we place on our Vinnies WA volunteers
and members.

“Our new Honour Wall is a way to acknowledge the dedication, commitment and long service many volunteers and members have given for the benefit of helping others. It is wonderful to be able to highlight this milestone for volunteers and members who are
a real inspiration.” May said.

St Vincent de Paul has been in Western Australia for over 150 years and an important reminder of the history was on display on the day. The collection included photos and memorabilia, including minutes from meetings held in 1925, demonstrating the decades
of community service from Vinnies volunteers and members.

Plaque recipients on the day included retail volunteer Joan Gangemi, who has worked in the Vinnies Wembley shop for 36 years, Vinnies Narrogin Conference Member Ann Coll, and Fred Symons, who has been a volunteer member for the past 40 years,
and continues to be active even at the age of 94.

Fred Symons (top middle); Patrick & Ann Coll (Top right); Alberta & Brian Janes talking with Ken Adams and Vinnies CEO Susan Rooney (bottom left)

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