By Melissa Sheil
TWO Kalamunda stalwarts were awarded the City’s highest honour at a surprise ceremony last week.
Norma Walsh and her late husband Max were named honorary Freeman of the City of Kalamunda last Tuesday, in front of councillors, staff and a packed council gallery of volunteer colleagues, friends and family.
“Mrs and Mr Walsh have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the community over a period of more than seven decades,” Mayor Margaret Thomas said.
“Thank you very much for both of your contributions to the City of Kalamunda.”
Mrs Walsh lived and worked in Kalamunda her whole life, born in Gooseberry Hill in 1928 then working as a local teacher for 37 years volunteering in a plethora of community organisations for more than 70 years, including Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society, Kalamunda Community Learning Centre, Friends of Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail, Meals on Wheels and Kalamunda RSL.
Mr Walsh, who died in 2017, was posthumously awarded the honour for his volunteer efforts at Kalamunda Swimming Club, Kalamunda Kindergarten, Kalamunda and District Basketball Association, Kalamunda Night School, Meals on Wheels and driver of the community bus.
Mrs Walsh, who at 93 still volunteers, accepted the honour on his behalf.
“I want to thank the City so much for this great honour, it is very overwhelming for me to receive,” she said.
“We both took great pleasure in doing what we did, because we knew Kalamunda is the best place in the world.
“I’m not leaving here, Max is buried in the bush here and I intend to have my ashes right next to him.”