- Friday 13 May 2016
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 volunteer and President of Friends of Mary Caincross Scenic Reserve, Sue Tanner from Conondale, it was to share the message to one and all of the need to protect our endangered rainforests.
“I started volunteering after I retired from teaching as I was looking for things to do and after volunteering in a number of places I eventually came here to Mary Caincross where I quickly realised how special it was,” Ms Tanner said.
“The forest is just so beautiful but it needs protecting and conserving as there’s not much of this rainforest left and that’s what the volunteers here do.
“My role involves educating children and adults alike about how vulnerable the forest it and encouraging them to help look after it.
“This includes talking to people who come in about the many wonderful species of flora and fauna they’re likely to see in the forest.
“We’ve also got the education centre here set up with various photos and information which people like to look at and talk about with me and each other. We also encourage children to tell us what they have seen on their journey through the forest.
“That’s what I do.”
For further information about volunteering opportunities with council, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au .