Former Albany volunteer ambulance officer David Jolly shares his vollie spirit

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Former Albany St John WA volunteer David Jolly.
Camera IconFormer Albany St John WA volunteer David Jolly. Credit: Supplied

Teaching the next generation of volunteers and helping keep community spirit alive were driving forces for Albany’s David Jolly throughout his 40 years of service with St John WA.

This National Volunteer Week, Mr Jolly’s dedication has been recognised by St John WA after he hung up his green uniform earlier this year.

Now 74, Mr Jolly played a key role in the early days of the Albany sub-centre and founded the Borden wing of the Gnowangerup sub-centre.

He became a decorated member, receiving the St John Service Medal and becoming a Member of the Order of St John.

Mr Jolly said volunteers played a vital role in country communities.

Former Albany St John WA volunteer David Jolly.
Camera IconFormer Albany St John WA volunteer David Jolly. Credit: Supplied

“We all rely on volunteers to get the job done, whether it’s with St John WA or simply helping out on your neighbour’s farm,” he said.

“When we moved to regional WA, I felt drawn to support my community, especially considering how much they all were doing as volunteers.”

“The job was incredibly rewarding for the camaraderie and the people you meet.

“You get to make a lot of change, and teach a lot of people, which makes a difference for generations.”

St John WA head of country ambulances Justin Fonte said volunteers like Mr Jolly made a massive difference to their communities.

“After this length of time on JUthe job, you become more than just a volunteer. You become a teacher, a motivator and a true leader,” he said.

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