For the last 50 years Yvonne Pattinson has been on many committees, including Red Cross, Church, School P and Cs, School Boards, and numerous sporting bodies. She has been a tireless volunteer, having always served on committees in every role, every year, and sometimes up to 7 committees at a time.

In the 2013 Australia Day Honours, Yvonne received the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through a range of organisations.