“It has always been a safe space that I don’t have to worry about being pressured, or not understanding something. Learning with Gary has been an extraordinary experience,” he continued.
EdConnect Liaison Officer South Metro WA Roselynn Lang spoke to Gary’s character.
“Gary has become a source of inspiration for the young men he mentors. He helps them identify their goals, nurtures their aspirations, and equips them with strategies to overcome setbacks. With his knowledge and expertise, Gary addresses all three dimensions of mentoring – intellectual, emotional, and physical. He is an inspiration to community-minded professionals and aspiring mentors alike,” she said.
Earlier in 2023, Gary retired from his position at BHP but his volunteering continues to be a highlight of his week.
“It feels good to be making a small contribution to the community by empowering young adults with a toolkit of life skills which will hopefully serve them well as they prepare to enter adulthood,” he said.
“Gary’s dedication as a volunteer mentor has been nothing short of extraordinary. His selflessness and commitment have touched the hearts of everyone he interacts with. He is a true role model for aspiring mentors, showing that anyone can make a difference with their time and expertise,” said Roselynn.
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 Australia’s only intergenerational volunteering charity which operates within both primary and secondary schools.
For more information on our volunteering program click here, email email@example.com or call 1800 668 550.