Ellie Lane Receives 'Member of Parliaments Award'

Monday, 19 August 2013
Long-serving Portland District Health volunteer Ellie Lane hopes her new award will inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

Mrs Lane has received a Member of Parliament’s Award from Wannon MP Dan Tehan as part of the 2013 National Volunteers Award.

“I hope people see this and think maybe they can become volunteers too,” she said.  “You can never have enough volunteers.” 

Mrs Lane was also encouraged at the award ceremony in Hamilton on August 7 by seeing a special award presented to young volunteers and hopes more young people do volunteer work.

“It would be particularly good if we had more young people involved. You do get a lot out of helping others,” she said.

Mrs Lane is nearing 70 but has no plans to slow down her commitment to volunteering. “I’d like to do it for another 10 years at least,” she said.

For 27 years Mrs Lane has been part of the Telecare program, for 17 years she has been a volunteer community transport driver, for seven years she has delivered Meals on Wheels and for the past year she has helped the National Diabetes Supply Scheme. More recently she has added membership of PDH’s Consumer Advisory Committee and Safety and Risk Committee to her agenda.

She described the award as a thrilling experience.  “I’d do the volunteering anyway but it was nice to have the recognition,” she said.

“When you put  what I do all together it is pretty amazing. It made my head swell a bit when they read it out but it was lovely to receive the award.”

Mrs Lane said she most liked the contact with other people, particularly through her driving volunteerism.

PDH Manager of Volunteers Carolyn Malseed said Mrs Lane was a humble and deserving winner.

“We were very proud to nominate such a worthy volunteer who continues to provide exceptional service to PDH and the Portland community,” Ms Malseed said.

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