Mandurah volunteer honoured at St John Ambulance awards night

St John Chairman Shayne Leslie presents John Ree with his award. Photo: Supplied.

St John Chairman Shayne Leslie presents John Ree with his award. Photo: Supplied.

Mandurah’s John Ree was awarded for his service to the community when he was named Volunteer of the Year at the St John Ambulance WA Awards in Perth last week.

Mr Ree was awarded for his in the Ian Kaye-Eddie Heritage Centre, which began when he helped reopen the museum in 2006.

His time as a member of St John Ambulance began in 1956, and he was also one of the WA volunteers sent over to help with the clean up in the wake of the Queensland floods.

St John chief executive officer Tony Ahern said Mr Ree’s work was vital to the community.

“He’s served at many sub-centres, in many roles, over the years and has always been cheerful, reliable and hard working,” he said.

“In 2006, John helped with the work needed for the reopening of the museum and continues at the Heritage Centre, working on the digitisation of records, filing and restoration of equipment, including first aid boxes.

“He has converted a former resuscitation mannequin into a display model, used to exhibit a number of airway devices.

“John is a Knight of Grace with St John and has an Emerald Lifetime Achievement Certificate, marking 60 years of dedicated service. 

“He also holds an Order of St John Service Medal, a Gold Laurel Leaf.”