This week, Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers to Australian society. It is a chance for volunteers to feel good about the work they have done, and to reflect upon the volunteering opportunities ahead.
Today, we meet the lady who manages alumni volunteer engagement for ANU, Ms Penny Cilento.
I would like to introduce myself as the new Volunteer Engagement Officer with Alumni Relations at ANU. I recently joined the team, and my brief is to create an exciting and dynamic volunteering program for alumni - one which is globally engaging and inclusive.
I have been very fortunate to have developed my volunteering ethics and practices across a wide range of disciplines, from setting up an Arts Council branch in country NSW, to making costumes for the Canberra Philharmonic production of Les Misérables; from working on Capital Regional Tourism events, through to strategy development for the National Rural Fire Service. I have worked with international medieval groups, the Australian Navy, and with the Camp Quality Capers Rally. I have also had the pleasure of working for Red Cross and a variety of other not-for-profit groups.
I love working with a wide range of volunteers, and have enthusiasm for challenge. Your ideas are important to us in developing volunteering programs, and I would love to hear from you. Some examples might be:
- Establishing regional alumni networks;
- Establishing alumni to alumni or alumni to student mentoring programs;
- Creating opportunities in the greater community;
- Writing for alumni communications or;
- Working with the Alumni Relations team to support event management and reunions.
I am hoping to be able to make myself available to as many of our global alumni community as humanly possible over the next 12 months, and look forward to working with you.