Albany’s Most Influential — the heart and soul

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Honorary Freeman of the City Alice Rule.
Camera IconHonorary Freeman of the City Alice Rule. Credit: Laurie Benson

Alice Rule is the type of person you might describe as the heart and soul of the place.

Being a volunteer in a community for more than 65 years is no mean feat, but she has done just that.

If the inspirational 81-year-old could do one thing for Albany, it would be to help keep the city she loves so much looking beautiful.

Whether donating her time to sports clubs or environmental groups, she believes volunteering has helped her as much as it has helped Albany.

In 2017, she received an Order of Australia Medal for her dedication to the community.

In the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she was chosen as a baton bearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

And in June this year, she was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Albany.

In amongst all that, she has raised three children while running a transport business.

Mrs Rule was the first life member of the Albany Women’s Hockey Association and the first female life member of the North Albany Football Club.

She was a foundation member of the Keep Albany Beautiful committee — and she has maintained her involvement for nearly 50 years, still holding the position of vice president today.

“You get satisfaction when you see things getting done and your life blossoms because you have made so many wonderful friends,” she said.

“Volunteering also helps you because you have things to think about and things to do and you don’t have time to be depressed.

“I think Albany is the most beautiful place.”

Click here for the full Albany’s Most Influential list.

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