Daphne Womersley is no stranger to volunteering, having come from a family of volunteers and recently awarded Wyndham Citizen of the Year for her dedication to the Werribee community. Her passion for helping people and giving back to her local community is what has made her such an asset to Baptcare Wyndham Lodge Community.
A member of the Ladies Axillary, Daphne has volunteered at Wyndham Lodge for over 12 years, even before Baptcare redeveloped the site and continues to play an instrumental role in the lives of the residents.
Every month, Daphne is the friendly face behind the kiosk inside the residential aged care facility. “The money raised at the kiosk goes to the Ladies Auxiliary but then comes back to the residents (of Wyndham Lodge) in the form of gifts. Every year we get the residents presents for Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,” Daphne says proudly.
It’s no surprise that Daphne was awarded Citizen of the Year in August, despite her protests that “there are many more who deserve it more than I do,” adding she was ready to “crawl under the table” when her name was called out.
Daphne has dedicated more than 60 years of her life volunteering for her community and continues to do so despite being in her 80s, as a leader with the Werribee Guides, a member and supporter of the Red Cross, Treasurer of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria’s Werribee branch and a volunteer at St John’s Ambulance, among others. With a mum and grandmother who were both active volunteers and a nephew who was recently awarded an Australia Day medal for his volunteering efforts with the SES, volunteering is part of Daphne’s DNA.
“I just enjoy it, I like helping people and being able to do some good, whatever it may be.”
When Daphne was awarded by Wyndham City Council Mayor, Cr Henry Barlow, he said Daphen’s story was “truly inspirational”. “Daphne may be in her 80s, but this has not slowed her down or stopped her from giving her all to the community. She is still on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week from St John Ambulance, which shows tremendous dedication to helping others,” Cr Barlow said. “There’s a fair chance that many Wyndham residents have benefited from Daphne’s life of service, so it is hard to think of someone more deserving to receive this award.”
We couldn’t agree more with Cr Barlow and know that Daphne has made a difference in the lives of many people, including those of our residents and we thank her for the significant contribution she has made to Baptcare and the wider Werribee community.