I’ve been volunteering for around 14 years - volunteering for me has always been about helping out the community. Things happen in life that you come across and as a bystander you feel sort of helpless and scared, you don’t feel in control. I’ve enjoyed being able to train for those situations and to start feeling useful to people on a disaster journey. I’m proud of the work I do and proud of the support I give to my crew. Ultimately, we all want to grow our skills and work together to give back.
Fonterra has been great at supporting and encouraging my volunteer journey. They understand my duties, show an interest in what I’ve learnt and encourage me to attend events related to the Service, which is cool.
Fonterra’s support extends out to the community. I remember when I was at the Te Roto site – it was the first COVID-19 lockdown, and my boss told me to take some cheese to the fire and ambulance team and help them out.