Visitor Centre volunteer's goodbye after 25 years

‚ÄčHazel Brandon, a much-loved Perth Hills Mundaring Visitor Centre volunteer, has decided to finish after 25 years' service.

With a background in Administration and a wealth of knowledge about the Shire, local resident Hazel became a bright and notable figure in the community.

Boasting two decades of experience, Hazel's passion for all things tourism shone through and resulted in nominations for the Shire's Thank a Volunteer Day in 2013 and Lifetime Contributor Volunteer Award in 2016.

Speaking of her time at the Visitor Centre, Hazel said she would treasure the connections she has made.

"You make friends without realising. When you volunteer you're there because you want to be," she said. "I just love sharing the beauty of Mundaring Shire."

A go-getter with a larger than life smile, Hazel has been known to take part in Shire-run events.

"Recently I took part in the Move Your Body program and for the first time in my 74 years, I have joined the gym," she said.

"After spending years looking after others, I'm excited to start looking after myself."

Perth Hills Mundaring Visitor Centre Officer, Dianne Ladhams, said Hazel was always a pleasure to have around and would be missed.

"Her infectious laughter, kind nature and that dash of 'naughtiness', were just a couple of reasons Hazel has been a joy to have at the Visitor Centre," Dianne said.

"Hazel had a regular Tuesday afternoon timeslot but could always be relied upon to fill in when needed. This included holding the fort when staff were required to be away from the Centre for short periods of time."

Hazel encouraged more people to step up and volunteer.

"I've always volunteered in so many roles for 38 years and it truly is such an amazing feeling," she said. "You're never too old to start.

"You get so much more than you give when you help people and volunteer."

Shire of Mundaring thanks Hazel for her service and wishes her all the best for her next adventures. 

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