We sat down with Deirdre to hear her story and why she was drawn to volunteer later in life.
“Having volunteered and found my lifelong vocation in animal welfare in the 1980s, it made sense to return to volunteering on retirement. It was a new and unfamiliar frontier, but a desire to get involved in the local community was the driving force. I haven’t looked back,” she said.
“EdConnect was a lifesaver in terms of helping me adjust back to life in Australia. It has been a joy and a privilege to have been accepted as a Learning Support volunteer at Mt Duneed Primary School and Geelong High School’s Geelong Positive Engagement Program (GPEP).”
Working with children and youth since 2016 gave Deirdre a new sense of purpose and she says she has found the teachers through the years to be so supportive.
“Amidst the challenges of life today, for all involved, I feel grateful to be a part of the big picture,” she said.
“EdConnect Australia and its School Liaison Coordinators have been encouraging and communicative all the way, with regular meet-ups which provide fellow volunteers opportunities to network and share experiences. During the harsh COVID lockdowns in Victoria, they kept in touch in isolating times, and connected us through zoom get togethers,” said Deirdre.