Ruby’s story: Volunteers of Boroondara

Earlier this year, we introduced Volunteers of Boroondara – a collection of 12 stories highlighting the unique contributions volunteers make to our community.

This month, meet Ruby Chu, Volunteer Office Administrator at Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre.

When retirement called, Ruby responded by searching for a volunteering opportunity. It was in her search that she found an administration role with Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre and jumped at the opportunity.

Ruby was immediately drawn to the mission of the Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre to help the community through its courses, activities, education and opportunities for locals to foster social connections.

“The benefit I get from volunteering is the satisfaction from using the skills and knowledge that I have acquired over the years of working,” Ruby said.

I feel that at this time of my life I am not ready to give it all up and I would like to assist in the community.

In her administrative role, Ruby volunteers her time to take calls and respond to queries, assisting the centre’s day-to-day operations. She also volunteers as an occasional tutor.

Ruby relishes the opportunity to continue using her skills to support her community and enjoys “contributing to a more efficient and inclusive community program”.

Ruby is deeply motivated through a desire to add value to her community, sharing that volunteering is “...payback to the community that has given me so much in my 50 years of living here. I feel that at this time of my life I am not ready to give it all up and I would like to assist in the community.”

When asked what she would say to someone considering volunteering their time, she put it simply: “Just do it!”

If you’re inspired by Ruby’s story, you too can get involved in volunteering.

For inspiration visit the Volunteers of Boroondara collection, visit

To learn more or to view current roles visit or call 9278 4550.

Our neighbourhood centres adapt to COVID-19

While Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre remains closed for face-to-face activities due to COVID-19 restrictions, like many of our neighbourhood houses, a number of courses are being offered online during this time.

To learn more and view the courses available visit or call 9830 4214