Volunteer’s passion ignited by critically endangered turtles
  • Friday 13 May 2016
Turtle Care and Buddina Bush Care volunteer Lesley Dimmock (right) and SCC staff member Kate Hofmeister

National Volunteer Week 2016 – from May 9 - 15 – 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 TurtleCare and Buddina Coast Care volunteer Lesley Dimmock from Buddina, it was to help protect our dunal environment and local endangered Loggerhead turtles. 

“Discovering that the now critically endangered Loggerhead sea turtles nested here on Buddina beach ignited my passion for the conservation of sea turtles – that’s the driver for my volunteering here on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Dimmock said. 

“Both my TurtleCare and Buddina Coast Care volunteering activities are intrinsically linked – conservation of the sea turtles and conservation of the dunal environment.

“I think when you undertake any activity with a genuine interest in making a difference, no matter how small, then it never becomes a task – it’s always rewarding in so many different ways and importantly - every contribution by every person counts. 

“Along the way I’ve met some amazing people, developed friendships, and shared some incredible experiences – like sharing the delights of a hatchling emergence and their run to the ocean – that’s an incredible joy, every time!” 

For further information about volunteering opportunities with council, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.