Worker leaves legacy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SKATE­BOARD­ING fes­ti­vals, a bike trial demon­stra­tion, and a ren­o­vated youth cen­tre are part of youth worker Hilde Holm’s legacy to Gayn­dah youth.

As Ms Holm pre­pared to leave af­ter one year in the role, the pop­u­lar Unit­ing Care Com­mu­nity youth worker found high­lights and chal­lenges hard to pick.

Ms Holm’s top pick for each was the ren­o­va­tion of the youth cen­tre.

She was pleased to put her Masters in In­te­rior Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign to good use in the de­sign of the cen­tre, but said it was dif­fi­cult “right up to Christ­mas when all the ren­o­va­tions were hap­pen­ing at once”.

The re­cent of­fi­cial open­ing and “hav­ing the kids us­ing the space” was her top high­light, fol­lowed by the skate­board­ing fes­ti­vals Ms Holm said.

While youth work was a very dif­fer­ent ca­reer to in­te­rior de­sign, Ms Holm said her stud­ies in psy­chol­ogy had served her well. “Work­ing with people is al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult,” she said. One as­pect was get­ting at­tached to those you work with.

“I care for the kids – it’s hard to say good­bye.”

With her part­ner, Ms Holm plans to re­turn home to Nor­way to visit with fam­ily, be­fore re­turn­ing to travel around Aus­tralia.

“We want to do it while we’re young – it’s now or never. I’m cer­tainly go­ing to miss this job,” Ms Holm said.


FAREWELL: Youth worker Hilde Holm says thanks and farewell to Gayn­dah's youth and UnitingCare Com­mu­nity col­leagues.

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