Mildura Weekly : Friday February 24 Vol 11 No 16
14 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 WELCOME to the second edi- tion of ‘Souls of Sunraysia’ – a monthly column that aims to actively seek out those selfless community volunteers who offer their time and skills to teach, listen, help, build, in- spire and grow. Since I started this proj- ect in November 2016, the re- sponse has been sensational! The Facebook page has re- ceived more than 517 ‘likes’, with posts reaching, on aver- age, 2100 people. One featured individu- al has even been approached by an organisation to join their board and assist with an upcoming event – further recognition of their skills and abilities. People are also comment- ing on the videos, tagging their By Aleesha Davis SOULS OF SUNRAYSIA SUNRAYSIA ‘Souls of Sunraysia’ reach IAN Jinnette is a passionate community member who believes that everyone has the ability to contribute in a positive way. As a previous volunteer with St John Ambulance, Ian has gained new skills that have helped in his future career ambitions, while also forming new friend- ships and giving back to the community. During his time with the organisation, Ian was one of many volunteers who provided first aid at numerous community events, while also attend- ing weekly training ses- sions to learn and devel- op valuable skills, both in a theoretical and prac- tical sense. He was able to complete courses in ad- vanced first aid, anaphy- laxis management and asthma management, while also actively par- ticipating in sessions re- lated to communication, policies and procedures, correct handover techniques and team-building skills Ian has also been involved with local sporting clubs as a trainer, working with teams in both the Sunraysia and Millewa football leagues, and has witnessed first- hand the passion and support that people show for their sporting teams. He says he is just one of many in the commu- nity who give up their time to help others, sim- ply because they have the capacity to do so and want to learn new skills and knowledge. Despite spending part of his childhood in Russia, Ian has devel- oped a strong love and connection to Sunraysia, specifically highlighting the weather, river and friendly people. He now works in the health care field, demonstrating a strong commitment to helping others live the best possible life that they can. For more information on how to be- come a volunteer with St John Ambulance, visit www.stjohnvic.com.au. TRACI Macleod is a firm believer that allowing our youth to express them- selves creatively can solve a lot of issues within our community. By providing an outlet for young peo- ple to explore who they are while being supported and guided artistically, such as through local art exhibi- tion Gallery F, young peo- ple will be allowed to tap into their creative side and open their minds to new ideas. Traci is a mentor for many in the area, provid- ing workshops to help peo- ple look within themselves and find their true passion and purpose. She believes that sometimes people be- come too caught up in do- ing what they believe they should, rather than what they want to, and lose sight of who they really are and who they want to be. Consequently, they drift through life without truly knowing their pur- pose and never really find- ing their passion. To address this issue, Traci runs a series of ses- sions that focus on helping these individuals get back on the right path and live a life of joy, love and ful- filment. In doing so, she provides an opportunity for individuals to connect, share ideas and experi- ences and simply feel safe enough to talk about or ex- press their emotions. Traci encourages those who are struggling or feel- ing lost to seek help, and hopes that we, as a com- munity, can work together to raise awareness of the effects of unrealistic expec- tations set by the media, and the resulting mental health concerns, creating a more supportive, inclusive and open environment for everyone. As a member of mul- tiple community groups, with a strong background in theatre, Traci hopes that the future of Sunraysia will see people coming together to collaborate, share ideas and help each other create a brighter, more sustain- able future for the region. For more information on Gallery F, visit www. facebook.com, just search Gallery F. MEET OUR FEBRUARY ‘SOULS’ Ian believes in positive action Creativity is youth’s key: Traci Eternity Skin and Laser Clinic provides scientifically proven cosmetic and skin care treatments. These include laser care, anti-wrinkle botulinum toxin, skincare brands, skin tightening, hair removal, cosmetic tattooing, facials, make up and much more. Eternity Skin and Laser Centre offer a comprehensive range of treatments, the team are able to formulate a customised treatment plan tailored to suit each individual’s needs. With state of the art technology and an experienced team, Eternity Skin and Laser Centre is one of the most progressive and innovative facilities of its kind in Australia. Come in to see our experienced team Dr Mawaheb, Louse Quinlivan, Liz Roccisano & Darcy Shipside Mon ............. 9am - 5pm Tues ............. 9am - 5pm Wed ............. 9am - 5pm Thurs ........... 9am - 9pm Fri ................. 9am - 5pm Ph: 1300 77 SKIN 48 Madden Avenue Mildura www.eternityskinandlaser.com.au Insta Facebook - Eternity Skin and Laser Centre Instagram - eternityskinandlaser 48 Madden Avenue NOW OPEN Chaffey Secondary College Deakin Avenue, Mildura | P: (03) 5023 0538 www.chaffeysec.com NOVA PERIS VISITS CHAFFEY On Tuesday 22nd February, Nova Peris (Olympian and former Senator) spent the day with Chaffey SC students. The day began with Nova and our Principal, Ms Nunan presenting our 2017 College Captains, SRC Executive and House Captains with their badges at our whole school assembly. As part of a joint initiative with Chaffey SC and Mildura Police, Nova spoke about her personal journey, achievements and challenges. Local Police and paramedics from Ambulance Victoria presented to each year level about head trauma and the “Coward’s Punch” legislation. Nova also met with elders and individuals working with indigenous youth in our local area.
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