Ac­knowl­edg­ing our vol­un­teers and re-think­ing our own con­tri­bu­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Vol­un­teer Day is a time to recog­nise the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion our vol­un­teers make.

On the day Coun­cil­lor Jenny McKay thanked the re­gion’s vol­un­teers at a brunch at Venue 114.

Lily Dick­son was among the sea of vol­un­teers of­fer­ing her time and ser­vice for those in need.

Most no­tably, she vol­un­teers at the Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal and said “vol­un­teer­ing is like a mas­sage for the soul”.

When the hos­pi­tal opened Ms Dick­son vol­un­teered by greet­ing any­one who walked in, as­sist­ing them with di­rec­tion, park­ing as well as ma­noeu­vring pa­tients in wheel­chairs.

“I’m in the emer­gency de­part­ment now. We help look after the pa­tients and also their wor­ried fam­i­lies,” she said.

“Some peo­ple get quite upset but then you also get peo­ple who are so grate­ful and will come up and give you a hug.”

Ju­dith Shea is an­other vol­un­teer who at­tended the brunch; she has a back­ground in ed­u­ca­tion and used to man­age indige­nous ed­u­ca­tion in a TAFE in Vic­to­ria.

After re­lo­cat­ing to the Coast she at­tended com­mit­tees and learnt about trou­bled youth.

“I was able to ad­vo­cate for the fam­ily and also the prin­ci­pal net­works.

“I men­tor a lot of peo­ple too and do what I call cul­tural yarns for gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and stake­hold­ers.

“It’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity as an Abo­rig­i­nal woman to walk across our land, know our land­scape and also share. That’s what we do as a com­mu­nity, peo­ple call it vol­un­teer­ing but its our cul­tural walk.”


GUEST: Ju­dith Shea spoke at Venue 114 for In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teers Day.


RECOG­NI­TION: The let­ter V is for vol­un­teer, a ser­vice Lily Dick­son is ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about.

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