PORTLAND District Health (PDH) volunteer award winner Ellie Lane hopes to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Mrs Lane has received a Member of Parliament’s recognition from Wannon MP Dan Tehan as part of this year’s 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 said she was encouraged by seeing a special award presented to young volunteers at Hamilton on Wednesday.
“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, a volunteer community transport driver for 17 years and has delivered Meals on Wheels for seven years. In the past 12 months she has helped the National Diabetes Supply Scheme.
More recently she added membership of PDH’s consumer advisory committee and safety and risk committee to her commitments.
She described the award as thrilling.
“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 out but it was lovely to receive the award.”