Queenslanders thank volunteers this ‘International Volunteer Day’

It’s International Volunteer Day, and us Queenslanders have a lot to thank our Volunteers for, particularly since the recent bush fire crisis.

This year’s theme is ‘Volunteer for an inclusive future’, recognising the role of volunteers in strengthening solidarity and inclusion in their communities.

Across the Sunshine State, we’ve got a whopping 714,000 volunteers!


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Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke says today is a great opportunity to thank them for their hard work, and to encourage others to get on the volunteer band wagon.

“Queensland’s army of volunteers dedicate themselves to making our communities more inclusive, caring and resilient,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Celebrating volunteers is particularly fitting today in the wake of the recent bush fire crisis, where volunteers across Queensland rolled up their sleeves, often leaving their own home and families, to keep others safe and help them recover.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to take some time to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism and recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities.

“Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to improve their own lives and play a role in their communities by donating their time and skills,” she said.

“Supporting volunteers in Queensland is a key part of our goal to create thriving communities where Queenslanders, regardless of their personal circumstances, can participate and be included in their communities, be resilient and enjoy social and economic wellbeing.

“I encourage all Queenslanders interested in volunteering to connect with Volunteering Queensland and see what opportunities are available in their communities,” Minister O’Rourke said.

For more information about volunteering opportunities around the state, click here.

 

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Some of the most forgotten and abused volunteers are your neighbours who volunteer to operate the unit complexes and high rise towers that many Gold Coasters live in.

Body corporate volunteers.

Today, I suffered a two hour long AGM where as the volunteer secretary (who has a time consuming job to prepare the AGM notice paper) was subjected to endless abuse from ignorant owners who have no understanding of the legislation yet they think they know best.

This volunteering comes at a cost when your reputation is shot to pieces by people with no interest in learning the process as the lure of self interest (yes, just like Federal politics) over compliance rules their thinking and that you are standing in their way. Correct, standing in their way of their desire of doing the wrong thing by the body corporate (fellow owners).

Not following legislation exposes committees and the body corporate to risk of significant mistakes and litigation. Voiding of compulsory building insurance the most common.

It doesn’t stop there, the volunteer treasurer’s role is vital to be trusted, competent and timely. The meeting concluded and another of the many unit owners who don’t understand how to live in a body corporate environment calls the treasurer a ‘poofter’. Completely unacceptable.

All this for being a volunteer, giving up our time to do the right thing by people who don’t appreciate it.

Happy volunteer day indeed, we put up with a lot that most of the non volunteering sector of the population would be blissfully unaware of.