PURSUING SELFLESS SERVICE
Acknowledging our volunteers and re-thinking our own contribution
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.