Volunteer Profile: Lisa Curran
Altona Life Saving Club’s Lisa Curran is the club’s president, with a long history of
involvement in lifesaving and in Nippers, as well as a health worker during COVID-19. LSV caught up with her for this month’s volunteer profile:
Current Club: Altona LSC
How long have you been involved in lifesaving?
Why did you become involved in lifesaving?
Our boys were really enjoying the water and my husband and I felt it safer getting them into Nippers so that they could be educated about water safety.
What are some of your responsibilities at your club?
I am honoured to currently hold the position as Club President at Altona. I am very passionate about our club so I do like to be involved in all areas, if only to offer support.
What do you enjoy most about lifesaving?
The sense of community and having my whole family involved. It has had a positive impact on our family and helps to shape our boys’ future as there are so many wonderful role models, as well as great experiences had and to be had. We have made and reunited friendships from our youth, that will be lifelong.
How do you encourage others to get involved with lifesaving and volunteering?
Take time to understand who they are and what they are hoping to achieve. I also like to explain what it is we do at Altona and what we have to offer as a club within the lifesaving movement.
What is your greatest achievement in lifesaving so far?
Having a great committee with like-minded people that still challenge each other yet respect what is best for the club moving forward. This is not my achievement alone, it is that of the great members that have stepped up to take on roles to run our club.
When you’re not lifesaving, what keeps you busy?
I am a mum of four boys and work full-time as a nurse unit manager of a cardiac catheter lab, as well as supporting my husband in our own business. Time is pretty limited, but I do love walking along our beach with my husband and spending time with my family and friends, be it away or just catching up.
How has your life and routine changed since coronavirus?
Both my husband and I have been fortunate to be able to continue to work, although we have felt the impact of coronavirus in our work environment. It was initially a frightening experience at my work, despite knowing your infection control measures, coronavirus was and still is a virus that we are learning how to manage.
We have been very fortunate in the hospital setting that Victorians have stayed home and we have not seen the loss of life, nor the impact on our hospitals as we have seen oversees. We still have a long road ahead though.
Remote learning has its own challenges but that is not something we as a family are experiencing alone. Having our eldest son home, as he was stood down, has been helpful to support his brothers.
I can say that it has been nice to ‘slow down’ and spend more time as a family. It is especially great to know we really do enjoy each other’s company!
Current volunteer roles: President
Previous volunteer roles: Club Administration, Merchandise Coordinator, Nippers Support, President of local kinder when the boys were younger