Volunteers were recognised for their many years of service on International Volunteer Day.

The Department of Communities celebrated International Volunteer Day in style with a number of events to mark the occasion.

A garden party at Government House was held to honour some of the State's longest-serving volunteers.

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia joined Volunteering Minister Mick Murray to present awards to eight volunteers who have volunteered for one organisation for 45 years or more.

Margaret Evans and Linda Leighton were recognised for their volunteer work at the Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company.

Both performers, Mrs Evans has volunteered as costume designer and director for 51 years, while Mrs Leighton has volunteered for 54 years as costume designer, and in front of house and executive positions.

George Appelbee of Quinns Rocks was honoured for serving his community as a Justice of the Peace for 54 years.

At an event at the Parmelia Hilton, an additional 39 volunteers were recognised for their contributions of 25 years or more as a volunteer in their communities.

International Volunteer Day events were held across Western Australia, including 42 events supported by grants of up to $1,000 from the McGowan Government.

Celebrations were followed by a meeting of the new Volunteering Community Reference Group (VCRG).

The group was established to learn about trends and issues affecting the WA volunteering sector and hear feedback on the implementation of the WA Volunteering Strategy.

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