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A volunteer for the Winnipeg Police Service is retiring after 13 years, and looking back fondly on her time there.

70-year-old Jeanie Dubberley has logged more than 1800 hours as a WPS volunteer since 2005, and she says she has enjoyed every minute of it.

"I'm not a native Winnipegger. I came here in the '70s with my family and I have absolutely loved my adopted city... I've worked as a volunteer at my community club, I've done all kinds of other things, and this just seems like one more step in giving back to a community that has made me feel warmly welcomed," says Dubberley, who is originally from Vancouver but lived in Charlottetown and Toronto before coming to Winnipeg.

During her time as a WPS volunteer, Dubberley says she took accident reports, helped people applying for criminal record checks, and tried to console people who were in distress and waiting to speak to officers. Her last volunteer shift with WPS was last Tuesday. Dubberley was given a Certificate of Appreciation from the force, which she says seemed like more of a fuss than was necessary.

"It wasn't about rewards, it was about me giving back. I didn't expect anything like that... I mean it was very nice but as I say not necessary because it was my privilege."

Dubberley says she comes from a very law-abiding, public-support kind of family.

"My dad had actually wanted to be a policeman but he wasn't tall enough, bless his heart."

Dubberley got started when she came into a police station to report an accident.

"A gentleman I knew was behind the counter wearing a Winnipeg Police volunteer shirt, and I didn't know the Winnipeg Police used volunteers, so nosy thing that I am I asked him right away what he was doing and he told me all about it and it sounded wonderful."

Dubberley has worked as a volunteer at the Corydon Service Centre, the District Six Station, and the West District Station.

Though her time with Winnipeg Police is done, Dubberley is still volunteering with the Manitoba Opera, where she used to work.

"It's kind of fun to go back there because some of the work I'm doing involves inputting information into the computer from cards on which my writing frequently appears, and I haven't worked for them for about 30 years," she says.

Dubberley says there are so many ways to give back to your community in a way that interests you.