or the past 15 years, Wally has been a familiar face in the Hervey Bay community, dedicating over 10,000 hours of her time to various volunteer initiatives. From the Senior Citizens Club to Artslink and the Hervey Bay Library, Wally’s commitment to service has touched the lives of countless individuals and made a lasting impact on her community.

Wally’s journey into volunteering was fuelled by a deep-seated belief in the importance of giving back. Inspired by her mother’s wise words—”you should always do for others if you can”—Wally embraced volunteerism as a way to make a positive difference in the lives of those around her. Her dedication to helping others reflects not only her strong sense of compassion but also her desire to create a better, more connected community.

For Wally, volunteering isn’t just about lending a helping hand—it’s about building meaningful connections and fostering a sense of belonging. After experiencing the loss of her partner, Wally found solace and companionship through her volunteer work. The social connections she formed with fellow volunteers and community members became a source of comfort and support during a difficult time in her life.

When asked for advice for those considering volunteering, Wally emphasises the importance of social connection. Volunteering isn’t just about giving back—it’s also about forging friendships, sharing experiences, and building a sense of community. By reaching out and connecting with others, volunteers like Wally not only make a difference in the lives of those they serve but also find fulfillment and joy in the process.

As Wally continues her volunteer journey, her dedication to service and her commitment to building community remain unwavering. Through her selfless efforts, he embodies the true spirit of volunteerism—a spirit rooted in compassion, kindness, and a shared desire to make the world a better place for all. In Wally, we see the power of giving back and the profound impact that one person can have on the lives of many.