Exciting new role coincides with National Volunteer Week

The critical role that community volunteers play to maintain services at Timboon and District Healthcare Service (TDHS) has been bolstered by a new dedicated position.

Sabine McKenzie has become TDHS’s first ever Community Engagement Officer – an announcement that coincides with National Volunteer Week this week.

Mrs McKenzie has worked at TDHS since 2011 – filling different roles including receptionist and Executive Assistant to the CEO.

She said the new portfolio included communication, event management, media and public relations with a big part being looking after, and working with, TDHS’s “amazing volunteers”.

“Our volunteers are a very valuable part of our organisation and, quite simply, without them a number of services, such as Meals on Wheels, couldn’t be offered,” she said.

“A key component of our new strategic plan for the next five years is to contribute toward a ‘Connected Community’ and we gave community members the opportunity to give us their input and feedback through the community survey last year.”

“My new role will assist in making sure that TDHS continues to work with the community and our volunteers to make it the best possible healthcare service for our community.

“I’m excited to be in this new role now and welcome all community members with any ideas and feedback to come and see me so that we can discuss ways that we can continue to offer quality improvements and facilitate great health outcomes.”

TDHS Volunteer Andrew Deroon volunteers at TDHS’s Social Support Group on Fridays and also helps with Meals on Wheels. He urged community members to find ways to volunteer.

“I can think of few better things to do than serve in the community and volunteer work is a great way to do it,” he said.

“I would encourage people, if they get time, to find a way to volunteer…and if you don’t have time, to try and make time. I love people and volunteering is a great to meet new people and get out in the community more.”

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