Volunteers are the lifeblood of LSV. This International Volunteer Day (5 December) we are saying a serious thank you to every single one of our 38,000+ volunteers who donate their time, effort and passion to keep our community safe.
While the need to celebrate the achievements of our volunteers is never far from our minds throughout any given year, we recognise the past 12 months or so have been particularly challenging for many of our members and volunteers, especially after facing bushfires, air quality issues and the coronavirus pandemic.
As the weather heats up and people start flocking to our beautiful beaches and waterways, our minds turn to our volunteers. We say thank you for the work you have already done for us and the work you’re about to do over the upcoming summer. Our organisation wouldn’t be here without you and many members of our community might not either. You are all incredible human beings and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
It wouldn’t be International Volunteer Day without shining the spotlight on one of our amazing volunteers and highlighting the incredible work they do in their community…. So, without further ado please say hello to Brydie Hurrell!
Name: Brydie Hurrell
Club: Woodside Beach
When did you start? I was eight years old and I remember my Dad dragging me along to my first Nippers program. He’s been a member of Woodside Beach his whole life and I couldn’t be more grateful because now I have been too! It must run in the family!
Tell us a bit about your LSV journey: After I graduated from Nippers, I progressed into the patrolling ranks. I was 13 at the time and I’ve been actively patrolling ever since – 16 years now! Each season, I try to volunteer as much as possible and I’m very proud of achieving 100 volunteer hours across most of my 16 seasons.
In addition to patrolling, I have been a beach lifeguard, patrol captain, chief instructor and club captain. I have spent a significant amount of time in IRBs providing water safety training at both local and state levels where I have made many lifelong friends.
Throughout university, I was fortunate enough to work in LSV’s Education Department. This role was very special to me as I was awarded the very first Education Instructor of the Year Award! I made so many amazing friends and memories in this role… and there were lots of laughs along the way!
It’s probably no surprise I hold my Training Officers Certificate and train both Woodside Beach and Gippsland District members. I am also a qualified training assessor.
I was the Woodside Beach Club Secretary for the last four seasons and funnily enough, I have brought my volunteer work right back to where it all began – I’m currently the Nippers Coordinator! I am so proud that our Nippers Program has grown from around 10 participants to 80 over the last season. It’s fantastic to see so many kids wanting to get involved in volunteering from such a young age.
I love volunteering because… Lifesaving has introduced me to so many wonderful people that I’m grateful to call my lifelong friends. I have learnt so many vital skills that I’ve been able to transfer into my everyday life and at the very core, I love my club. I am so grateful for everything it has been able to do for me!