Thank you Sunshine Coast volunteers
  • Friday 17 May 2013

National Volunteer Week 2013 – from 13 to 19 May – is an opportunity to recognise and thank Sunshine Coast volunteers for their invaluable time and energy and the difference that they have made to the Coast over the past 12 months.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council wished to sincerely thank all volunteers for their community minded efforts that enrich life on the Sunshine Coast.

“Hundreds of volunteers are involved in supporting a diverse range of council community programs and services,” Cr McKay said.

“Events, programs, community organisations, disaster and emergency efforts are just some of the avenues of service that depend on the freely given time, skill and passion of volunteers.

“We want to express our gratitude to both our council volunteers along with the many other volunteers on the Sunshine Coast for the wonderful difference they make in their communities.”

People volunteer for many different reasons – for some it is a natural progression after retirement, for others it is to make new friends, learn new skills or indulge in their passion.

For Sippy Downs resident, Dani Fearnley – who regularly volunteers at events including New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba 2013 and Australia Day Awards Ceremony 2013 – it is for three key reasons.

“As a student of Entertainment Business Management at JMC Academy, I am provided with a theoretical understanding of event management, however not with the practical experience,” she said.

“I am now in my third and final year of university study and want to be well equipped with both events knowledge and hands-on-experience, so come next year potential employers will see me as a strong candidate who can get straight in there and hit the ground running.

“The second reason I actively volunteer in events is to network – this is a really important tool in the events industry these days. It’s often about who you know, and you never really know who you could meet along the way that will help your future career.

“The final reason is to support the community. A lot of events on the Coast only work because of their volunteer base. Events are really fun to be involved in and have become such an important part of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.”

For Noosa Library Adult Literacy Tutor, Wendy Wareing, volunteering is about giving something back to the community.

“I love helping others to feel good about themselves by enabling them to grow and blossom into sparking diamonds in the community. They will in turn learn to help to empower others also,” Ms Wareing said.

“As an author of a number of education books, I am so passionate about literacy and have come to realise how many people have fears and doubts about their own capabilities in this area.

“My philosophy is it’s all about self esteem and reading is a really important part of that. We are all talented people in our own right with our own strengths and for me the tutoring is about giving people the confidence to recognise this in themselves.

“It is such a positive and rewarding experience to watch the changes in others as they learn the strategies and techniques to overcome the challenges and truly shine. That’s why I love doing this.”