Volunteers provide crucial support for not-for-profit organisations and groups to deliver services to the community and are at the heart of natural resource management (NRM) organisations such as the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC).
That’s even more reason why the NACC team is feeling so proud of our GIS and Sustainability Coordinator, Emma Jackson, who was recently recognised for her tireless efforts in being declared the Centacare Volunteer Service’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
Emma was recently announced as the joint winner of this year’s award, along with Julie Freeman, of the Mullewa Community Resource Centre and Mullewa District Agricultural Society.
In addition to her day job at NACC which makes a huge contribution to the community – especially in terms of waste management and recycling – Emma also undertakes an impressive amount of volunteer work through her roles as the Chair of Scinapse, and her membership of both the Apex Club of Geraldton and Pollinators.
Some of Emma’s inspiring achievements in recent times have included running the Ministry of Data Hackathon, and helping to bring the Taste of Geraldton to Gunnadoo Farm last year, all in the name of advancing Geraldton and supporting the local community.
When asked why she volunteers, Emma said it makes her feel part of the community and is a huge amount of fun.
“I get an enormous amount of satisfaction from helping to make Geraldton somewhere I want to live. Everyone loves going to festivals, and community and sporting events, but these things take a huge amount of volunteer effort to happen, and I am really proud to be a part of that”, she said.
Emma is leading by example and hopes to inspire others looking for a way to contribute to their local community to “get out there and give it a go.”
NACC CEO Richard McLellan congratulated Emma and expressed thanks on behalf of everyone at NACC to all of the volunteers from across our region who give their time so willingly to help others, the local community, and the environment.
Want to start your own volunteer journey? Here are just a few places to start:
Apex Geraldton: A service based community group offering a large range of enjoyable and inclusive activities that aim to help those in need. They can be contacted via Facebook or email [email protected]
Centacare Volunteer Services: A free volunteer resource and development centre that assist volunteers and community organisations. You can find them on Facebook or call 99211 433
or email: [email protected]
Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC): Volunteers are involved in many on-ground activities run by NACC in our region for example tree planting days, revegetation work and beach clean-ups. To keep up-to-date with upcoming events subscribe to the NACC Notes newsletter or find us on Facebook.