Bonnie is on the job finding jobs for others
MUNDUBBERA’S Bonnie Trevanion wears many different hats around town.
However, one you might not know about is that she runs the Jobs North Burnett and Jobs North Burnett Backpackers and Transient Short Stay Workers Facebook groups, aiming to connect employers and potential employees across the region.
She created the first group in 2013 when she was a youth worker.
“It seemed like there was a real disconnect between being able to get work and the services available,” Mrs Trevanion said.
While there was no shortage of employment agencies who offered services in the North Burnett, she believed many of them had a focus in the larger centres of Bundaberg and Maryborough.
While she acknowledged that some of the agencies did good work, they were restricted in what they could do and where, for a variety of commercial and practical reasons.
She saw it as a question of “enthusiasm” in genuinely caring at a personal level whether the region’s youth found fulfilling jobs.
“I was passionate because I was working with disengaged youth and youth at risk of being disengaged,” she said.
Working with these children, Mrs Trevanion realised that many of their parents were also unemployed.
“I wanted to try and break the cycle,” she said.
“So I decided to do something about it.”
She said that in the past year or so, North Burnett businesses were beginning to engage more with the Facebook group, posting jobs directly or alerting Mrs Trevanion.
She said the results of this heightened engagement were beginning to show.
“I meet someone every week who says they’ve gotten a job (via the group),” she said.
“It’s really cool.
“It does work.”
Jobs North Burnett currently has 2060 members.
In August 2016, she opened the group to local not-for-profit organisations to create posts seeking volunteers as well.
“I’m passionate about volunteering, I’ve done a lot in my life,” Mrs Trevanion said.
“It gave me the experience I needed to get full-time work.
“It looks great on your resume.”
The year before, she created her second jobs group, aimed at backpackers, “grey nomads” and other itinerant workers.
Mrs Trevanion said that at her busiest last year, she performed 26 separate roles within a variety of community groups, but she had taken a small step back this year.
That’s not to say she’s not still flat out: she is involved with the Mundubbera Suicide Prevention Network, North Burnett Community Service, the New Life Centre Mundubbera, the North Burnett Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Hub, and works as a family and community support worker with Save the Children, as well as volunteering at Audrey’s Attic op shop.
Why be so busy? “I sincerely believe we don’t live through anything for no reason,” Mrs Trevanion said.
“I’ve been involved with the community for a long time.
“I honestly believe every life story is a message for someone who is yet to live it.”
ON THE HUNT: Mundubbera community support worker Bonnie Trevanion runs the Jobs North Burnett Facebook page and believes the page is making a real difference.