Celebrating our amazing volunteers during International Volunteer Week
Our volunteers are the unsung heroes of our work. We rely greatly on their commitment.
10 May 2016
For International Volunteer Week 2016, we’d like to introduce you to three talented, dedicated and passionate young people who have volunteered their time and skills to help protect the environment. They are just three of the thousands of volunteers who have given their time to help us defend the environment and advance the law over our 31 year history.
Christine Ai grew up in Smiths Lake, a small seaside town in the Mid-North Coast. She thinks it may have been the stark differences between country and city life that sparked her interest in environmental protection.
“I really enjoy being a ‘vollie’ at EDO NSW,” Christine says. “I’ve been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects, such as the People for the Plains Inc. v Santos CSG case. I find that every day I get to take on challenging tasks. It’s also great to be around such a passionate group of people and committed mentors.”
After completing her Juris Doctor degree at UNSW earlier this year, Christine is now studying for a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law.
Christine believes that improving environmental literacy is the best way for us to prepare for tomorrow’s environmental challenges.
Peter Clarke has been volunteering with EDO NSW since 2012. Over that time he has undertaken a variety of roles, including helping produce our weekly eBulletin and creating website content. He’s currently helping various solicitors with their caseloads.
“I like being able to lighten the load for the solicitors who are juggling so many complex matters at once,” Peter says. “I believe it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of the Earth, and to leave this planet for our kids in the same or better condition than we inherited it from our parents. We can enjoy an ecologically sustainable society if we’re all prepared to work towards it.”
Peter recently completed his Practical Legal Training with the College of Law and is working toward completing a Master of Environmental Law at the University of Sydney.
“I believe it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of the Earth.”
Manon Lapierre is working on EDO NSW communications, researching our audiences and developing strategies for how we can better communicate what we do to engage with our supporters, and raise awareness of EDO NSW with others passionate about the environment.
Manon recently completed her Master of Environmental Planning at Macquarie University. She comes from France, where she worked in communications for agencies – including France’s Ministry for Ecology – on air quality and ecological transition in Paris.
“I have decided to dedicate my career to making the world a better place.” Manon says. “By volunteering at EDO NSW, I feel I’m contributing to the protection of the environment. I deeply admire the passion and skill of the people who work at EDO NSW. I’m delighted to give some of my free time to help these heroes expand their mission to defend the environment.”
Thank you to all our volunteers – your skills, dedication and passion make our work possible.
Volunteering at EDO NSW
Our volunteer program is vital in helping EDO NSW undertake environmental law in the public interest. Our legal volunteers undertake legal research, draft advice, collate briefs and attend court. We also welcome non-legal volunteers. We’re keen to hear from people with scientific expertise, or administrative and communications experience.
If you’re passionate about protecting our environment and think you can contribute to the work of EDO NSW, we’d like to hear from you. Find out more about volunteering at EDO NSW.