Volunteering Tasmania are pleased to be working with Sarah Courtney MP, our new representative in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, who takes the reins from the esteemed Guy Barnett, MP. Sarah says a few words below:
“There are so many benefits to volunteering and I encourage everyone to get involved and give as much or as little time as you can spare. The companionship, skills, stimulation and feeling of involvement that being a volunteer brings is limited only by your willingness and ability to give.
“I have a varied background – with degrees and experience in Commerce, Chemical Engineering, and Wine Technology and Viticulture – and now as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament. In each of these areas of employment and interest, I have had opportunity to interact with volunteers, and appreciate the value and experience they bring to any organisation.
“My volunteer hours over the past few years have often been spent working with the Beacon Foundation and I love the interaction with our local young people, watching them grow and develop into enthusiastic and productive members of their community.
“The Liberal Government last year recognised Volunteering Tasmania as the state’s peak body for volunteers. The provision of ongoing core funding of $260,000 a year, announced in the 2015 budget, demonstrates the value we place on the organisation and its services.
“I look forward to working with Volunteering Tasmania, supporting and encouraging volunteers within our community, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Community and Veterans Affairs and I encourage you to continue supporting the work of Volunteering Tasmania.”