Vol­un­teer­ing of­fers so much

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Welsh born Sue Mort moved from her home in Wales to New Zealand in 1980 when she was of­fered a job as a land­scape ar­chi­tect for a stock and sta­tion company in In­ver­cargill.

She jumped at the chance de­spite be­ing told that ‘‘no one in New Zealand was pre­pared to move that far south!’’

She has moved around the coun­try since and has lived in Alexan­dra for the last nine years, where she con­tin­ues to work as a land­scape ar­chi­tect, pre­dom­i­nantly on large life­style blocks.

De­spite work­ing around 30 hours a week, Sue finds time each week to vol­un­teer for not one but five or­gan­i­sa­tions, She is a reg­u­lar on the sort­ing sta­tion at Cen­tral Otago Waste­busters, has been a big buddy with Pres­by­te­rian Support’s Buddy Pro­gramme for well over 10 years, has been an ac­cred­ited vis­i­tor with Age Con­cern for 15 years, is a vol­un­teer con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist with a Malaysian woman through English Lan­guage Part­ners and is a com­mit­tee and ac­tive mem­ber of Keep Alexan­dra

ac­tive vol­un­teer. Clyde Beau­ti­ful.

Vol­un­teers like Sue re­ally do keep our com­mu­ni­ties tick­ing along. She of­fers not only friend­ship to both the young and older peo­ple in Alexan­dra, but is able to share her knowl­edge gained through her ca­reer as a land­scape ar­chi­tect with the team at Keep Alexan­dra Clyde Beau­ti­ful.

So why does Sue com­mit to help­ing out such a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area?

‘‘I don’t have any fam­ily here in New Zealand so through vol­un­teer­ing I have a great con­nec­tion with a 94year-old through Age Con­cern, get to see the world through the eyes of a child through the Buddy Pro­gramme and I am­part of some great teams at Waste­busters and Keep Alexan­dra Clyde Beau­ti­ful’’ says Sue.

‘‘I also love be­ing able to give some­thing back to my com­mu­nity.And what would Sue say to oth­ers who are con­sid­er­ing vol­un­teer­ing? ‘‘You go down so many dif­fer­ent paths that you oth­er­wise wouldn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to do so and as a re­sult you get to meet a whole host of dif­fer­ent peo­ple. You can’t fail but get some­thing out of it.’’. ◗ If you would like to join Sue and hun­dreds of other vol­un­teers in your area con­tact Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral.

Photo: JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

Ac­tive in com­mu­nity: Sue Mort with Keep Alexan­dra Clyde Beau­ti­ful where she is a com­mit­tee mem­ber and

Sturdy: Mitchells Cot­tage – on­ce­home to a fam­ily of 12.

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