Jantze Fahey has community in mind, always.
The Smithton resident was last month awarded a Life Membership to the Emmerton Park Auxiliary.
Recognised for more than 15 years of dedication to the organisation, Mrs Fahey followed in her mother Jean Fenton’s footsteps.
“In the early days of the Wybia, Mum was one of many volunteers who would go in on a Saturday and Sunday to cook meals to present to the residents,” says Mrs Fahey.
“She spent many years doing this until she became a resident herself.”
This legacy lived on in Mrs Fahey, who decided to take on a more active role with the auxiliary.
Mrs Fahey was president from 2008 to 2013 then held the secretary-treasurer role until last year.
A familiar face at Emmerton Park, Mrs Fahey often volunteered from behind the counter of the Memory Lane Coffee Shop, open Saturdays from 1.30 to 4pm, and still spends Monday mornings in the laundry washing linen. She has volunteered her time to organising events and helping out around Emmerton Park in many other ways over the years, including Meals on Wheels.
“I’m my mother’s daughter,” she says of her drive.
“Mum did a lot of voluntary work. And I know the reward for volunteering, that what you get back is far more than you give.”
The Emmerton Park Auxiliary was established in 1977. Over the years, the group has supported residents and staff by purchasing items such as beds, wheelchairs and medical equipment.
“We’re one of the last auxiliaries, and I know the equipment the auxiliary has brought for the nursing home we wouldn’t otherwise have,” Mrs Fahey says.
“It’s wonderful that we still have such an active group.”
Mrs Fahey is also a founding member of Soroptimist International of Circular Head, and in 2017 was named Smithton Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year.
To find out more about volunteering with the Emmerton Park Auxiliary, call Kath Medwin on 6458 1125.
Former Emmerton Park Auxiliary president Jantze Fahey, with Kath Medwin, is the latest Life Member of the local group.