THE City of Swan has named its newest community centre after one of its longest serving residents.
The Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre was officially named on Friday, February 17 at a small ceremony attended by Mrs Warren and her family and friends.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said Mrs Warren had spent most of her 93 years in and around Bullsbrook and was still highly involved in the local community.
“Mrs Warren was a founding member of the Bullsbrook Historical Society, instrumental in setting up the Bullsbrook Museum and a long term staff member at the Bullsbrook Community Kindergarten,’’ he said.
“Not only has she made a significant contribution to the local area, but continues to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the Bullsbrook community and the city is very pleased to be able to commemorate that today.’’
Ethel May Van Ooran was born in 1923 and started her working life helping her parents on the family farm in Muchea before moving to Cottesloe with her family in 1941.
There Mrs Warren took a job at the Claremont Can Factory with the army before joining the Women’s Australia Navel Service where she worked as a cook.
Not long after, in 1943, she met her husband Colin who was stationed locally with the army.
The couple had two daughters and moved back to Colin’s family property where she immersed herself in the community and worked for a number of well-known businesses and leased Ginger’s Roadhouse café.
Mrs Warren took a position at the Bullsbrook Community Kindergarten before moving to the new pre-primary, where she remained for 10 years until her retirement.
North ward councillor Kevin Bailey said Mrs Warren’s contribution to and effect on the community had been profound.
“Since retirement, Ethel has spent her time passing her well-hones skill in painting, sewing, patch working and gardening onto the community,’’ he said.
“She has always been a highly valued community member and has worked diligently in the background to help individuals and families in need.
“To be able to honour her commitment and dedication in this way today is not only a joy, it’s an honour.”
The Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre is expected to be finished by August.