North East Environmental Forum
In January this year I was approached by Will Ford from Trust for Nature who was part of a consortium organising an environmental forum with the theme ‘Connecting People with Nature’. One of the main topics they were keen to focus on was volunteering in natural resource management and as Bush Heritage had such a well-respected Volunteer Program, he wondered if any of our volunteers would consider presenting.
Mick and Kerry Moylan have travelled the country supporting the work of Bush Heritage in various and numerous capacities and willingly agreed to support this request.
Kerry and Mick presented a 15-minute session titled 'Perspectives on Volunteering'. They spoke of their experiences with Bush Heritage in four topic areas:
- Their motivation behind volunteering with an environmental organisation
- What had attracted them to Bush Heritage Australia
- What is expected of Bush Heritage volunteers
- Highlights from a favourite project (caretaking at Ethabuka in 2014).
They also helped facilitate two sessions of a workshop titled 'Enhancing the Volunteer Experience'.
A follow-up report from the organiser was very encouraging, with feedback sheets indicating that both the Bush Heritage presentation and the volunteer workshops were well received.
Engaging with our greater communities to showcase the work that we do is another example of the skills and knowledge that our volunteers bring to our organisation.
We give tremendous thanks to Mick and Kerry Moylan for all that they do and thanks to all of our volunteers across the country who support us in various ways each day.