National Volunteer Week: Glenn Clarke
Our final National Volunteer Week profile is Glenn Clarke from The Entrance SLSC. Glenn was awarded the prestigious Volunteer of the Year at the 2014/15 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.
Volunteering Australia’s slogan for National Volunteer Week is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’. What does this mean to you?
To me ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’ means the amazing feeling that you really do get when you give or volunteer in the community.
When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?
I started in Surf Life Saving back in the early 1990s and gained my Bronze Medallion two years later. I was introduced to surf lifesaving by a work mate who along with his father, were long standing members of The Entrance SLSC.
Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer because I believe that you get a lot more out of it than you put in. It's great to be able to give back to the local community doing something that you're passionate about and love doing.
What ways do you contribute to Surf Life Saving as a volunteer?
I contribute to Surf Life Saving in lots of different ways. At club level, I am the current President of The Entrance SLSC and am now in my sixth season. I am a Trainer, Assessor, Rookie Coordinator and Patrol Captain.
At Branch level, I sit on the Board of Lifesaving as the gear and equipment manager. I am also a Duty Officer and Facilitator for Silver Medallion courses. I am currently upgrading my skill level to train and assess Advanced Resus and facilitate spinal management training.
What's the favourite thing about been a volunteer?
As I said you get more out of volunteering than you put in. I love to feel part of the local community and to give back what and where I can. I also like to encourage my kids by showing that you can be a positive role model.
What would you tell someone to encourage them to become a Surf Life Saving volunteer?
We are constantly encouraging people to join our club, and become part of Surf Life Saving. Where else would you rather be than at the beach having fun in the sun; learning new skills, making new friends and giving back to your local community.
Favourite moment as a volunteer in Surf Life Saving?
My favourite moment in volunteering would definitely be when I was announced the Volunteer of the Year at the 2015 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.
Fri 13 May 2016