City of Canning Volunteers - Curators of life changing stories

Good stories do more than create a sense of connection. At the City of Canning we believe that when volunteers share their story it will shape, strengthen and challenge our perception of volunteering in a positive way. 

Meet Sevine Gokkaya 

Who do you volunteer for?

I currently volunteer with the City of Canning Books on Wheels service for both Riverton and Willetton library. In addition I am also a volunteer with North Metropolitan TAFE as a home tutor.

Why do you volunteer?

The reason I began volunteering was having settled permanently in Perth I felt a deep appreciation for living in such a wonderful city. Therefore, in return, I wanted to help others whilst being involved in my community. Volunteering has connected me to a cause which is not only important to me personally i.e. my love of the library, but has given me the opportunity to meet, make friends and be part of a fantastic community. In all, being a volunteer is truly a worthwhile experience in so many ways and has certainly enriched my life.

Meet Shirlene Scanlan 

Who do you volunteer for?

My role as a  CREEC (Canning River Eco Education Centre) Volunteer commenced in 2012 and has evolved over the years. I have escorted children on bird watching excursions, participated in both Earth Day and Science Expo, and other community events, created educational tools, supported my colleagues, forged great friendships and learnt a lot about our beautiful Canning River Regional Park (CRRP).

Why do you volunteer?

I have always taken a keen interest in environmental issues, and felt that I wanted to work with children and the environment. Children are the future custodians of our Earth and education is the most important way to encourage children and their families to care for the environment.  My favorite activity is preparing educational displays for our public gallery. My aim is that our visitors enjoy the displays and take home some message, be it about our native flora or fauna, or some current environmental topic.
I like that I am part of a team that promotes sustainability and community and that my place of work, CREEC, is in such a beautiful setting. I think that sums up why I continue to be so enthusiastic about the best job I have ever had.


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