Allan: Eleven Years Strong
Eleven years on and Allan is as caring and compassionate as the first day he started with Whittlesea Community Connections back in 2007.
Al -as he is affectionately known at WCC- started volunteering on front desk with his wife Carol but was quickly recognised as being more suited to the Emergency Relief Assessor role. Al excelled in this role over the years as he proved to be reliable, caring, compassionate and dedicated to his community.
When asked why he has been here so long, Al says he likes observing the clients leave here happier then when they arrive which he gains a great deal of satisfaction as well as the friendly environment at WCC. The highlight over the 11 years for Al was receiving the Peter Cleland Award for Community Service because it is an award recognised only by WCC.
In his spare time Al loves to spend time with family and holidaying at their home in Mathoura, NSW.
Katie and Emma who work with Al said, Al really is iconic to WCC and it wouldn’t be the same without him – he is so friendly and welcoming to people, enjoys teaching others about the role sharing his wealth of knowledge gained over the years. Al is very committed and compassionate to his role going out of his way to help people in need and understanding the struggle of people, willing to advocate for clients and challenges the status quo.
WCC is very fortunate to have such a wonderful volunteer in Al who contributes a great deal to the Whittlesea community.
Watch the video, to get insight into one of our Community Transport volunteers, Ange, who does a wonderful job helping to transport some of our most disadvantaged members of the community.