Brian empowers students through intergenerational learning


Brian Wood, a dedicated volunteer with a passion for mentoring and empowering young people, has been making a positive impact at Margaret River Senior High School. His journey of school volunteering began in 2018 when he sought out opportunities to contribute to the community and engage with youth.

Brian’s interest in working with young people stems from his background as a cricket coach, where he always enjoyed the meaningful interactions he had with the next generation. Brian embarked on his EdConnect volunteer journey at Woodvale Secondary College, dedicating his time to supporting students in their school journey. His commitment continued until 2023, when he relocated to Margaret River.

Brian provides invaluable assistance to a group of 15-year-olds working on numeracy projects. These projects include practical real-world examples, such as calculating the fuel requirement for a journey. Brian’s presence in the school has not gone unnoticed, with School Chaplain Kathryn Seisun commending his patience and adaptability.

“Brian’s life experience and warm, friendly manner have enabled him to connect with students. His contribution to our Secondary School Engagement Program is invaluable, providing crucial support for Year 10 students,” said Kathryn.

Brian has been impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities available in today’s schools and the opportunities students have for learning. He shares his wisdom with students, emphasizing two vital messages: the importance of hard work in achieving success in studies, work, and relationships, and the significance of choosing a career path that aligns with one’s passions and interests.

EdConnect Australia, a volunteering charity operating in both primary and secondary schools, supports individuals like Brian who dedicate their time and expertise to making a difference in the lives of young people. EdConnect Liaison Officer, Karen Barden says “For the past 25 years, EdConnect has been connecting volunteers with students in need of additional support and guidance. Volunteers like Brian make a huge difference to the education and wellbeing of students and we are always looking for more people who want to help improve young lives.”

Brian Wood’s commitment to empowering young minds exemplifies the spirit of EdConnect’s mission. He is a role model for students, demonstrating that with hard work and a genuine passion for one’s pursuits, success is attainable.

EdConnect Australia trains and supports volunteers to work in local schools, providing a safety net for young people who might otherwise struggle to realise their potential – in school and life. It is a volunteering organisation which operates within both primary and secondary schools.

Schools across the south west including in Augusta, Margaret River and Cowaramup are seeking volunteers for 2024.

For more information on our volunteering program click here, email or call 1800 668 550.