I am writing to advise you that Anneke Pike has made the difficult decision not to extend her contract as Executive Office of Edmund Rice Camps SA, and as such has this week concluded her formal role with ERCSA.
Anneke has a long and valued history with Camps throughout the network and I have greatly valued the insight and strategic acumen she has brought to this role. Please join me in thanking Anneke for her service and wishing her well in her future endeavours. We hope she will remain a familiar face to us all.
I am pleased to inform you that while we undertake the recruitment process for our Executive Office role Andree (Onny) Brown will fulfil this position in a modified and interim capacity. As many of you know Onny has previously led ERCSA as the Executive Officer between 2014 and 2017. Since that time she has continued to work closely with the Board and staff in leading our strategic sustainability and partnership work. Onny will continue this function, in addition to her work leading camps in the coming months. At this stage we anticipate Onny will be focussed on camp operations on Mondays and Thursdays from the Rostrevor office. Onny's willingness to return to Camps in this capacity is a real testament to the impactful work we do and the Edmund Rice tradition we are proud to continue.
To ensure our volunteers are fully supported throughout this transition period Adrian Szabo will be working an additional day in the office, in addition to Jess who will continue her two days per week overseeing programs and administration function. There may be some changes in office days for the team who will be sure to keep you abreast of any variations.
Over the coming weeks the Board will work to establish appropriate staffing positions in the ERCSA office. In the meantime we continue to look forward to our July camp returning the value of an Edmund Rice Camp to all that are involved, especially our volunteers. The focus of this camp will be to renew the strength and commitment of ERCSA to all of it’s stakeholders.
Board Chair - Edmund Rice Camps South Australia
Volunteer Awards are back in 2017 and this year ERCSA has introduced 2 new awards to recognise the contributions and commitment of our volunteers at our Quiz Night!
The 3 awards that you can now nominate your peers for are:
• Volunteer of the Year Award 2017
• Rising Star Award 2017
• Fire Carrier Award 2017
Take it from last year's Volunteer of the Year, Lucy Hobbs, it's one of the funnest awards in SA! So head to the form and nominate a camper or two so they can be celebrated!
Voting closes September 14th 2017.
Would you be interested in joining the ERCSA Movement Team for the City to Bay 2017 on September the 17th? All kinds of movement are welcome whether it be waking, running or anything in between! Not only will you have fun, maybe witness 'GrandAdam' hobbling for 12km, or see some of our camp twins complete a 12km 3-legged race, you will be supporting a fantastic cause and having fun!
The cost will continue to increase towards the date so if you want a BARGAIN register quick! We will be having groups doing both the 12km walk and run so if you don't want to do it alone register for either the 12km WALK or RUN.
To REGISTER head to the City-Bay website and select "Solo" then make sure you join the Edmund Rice Camps SA team to support us.
In determinations about camps and my own future I have decided to step sideways from the EO position sometime around the end of April this year. Over the past 2 and a half years we have worked really hard to get camps in SA back in a strong position for the future. This work has been very demanding – and we have done it with great determination and professionalism. The leadership of the Christian Brothers and camps nationally have all celebrated the success of ERCSA over this time. I am looking forward to maintaining my involvement to ensure our hard work does not diminish and to still be part of this community that I have grown to love dearly.
To that end I will be involved extensively with the Board to assist with funding for camps into the future and will have a presence in the office regularly. This is where I best see my skills utilised to ensure we are sustainable in the long term. I will also be maintaining involvement as a volunteer Camp Manager and assisting in training volunteers for Positions of Responsibility.
So, you will see an advertisement on seek.com and in other media from this Friday to give us plenty of time to find the right person to take on this really important role.
There is a lot happening for ERCSA at the Board level, new staff positions, and new ideas for camps and activities for 2017. If you are interested in knowing more then we have the regular Volunteer Meeting on Friday at 9.30 at the office or the Leaders Weekend on the 17th – 19th February where more regarding the future of camps will be discussed.
The good seed is growing and I see real opportunities emerging for the organisation this year.
Our two Summer Camps are done and dusted! Here's a video of some of the amazing times we had on our 'Tropical Summer' Camp, and our 'Around the World' Camp.
ERCSA is an organisation that relies on a community of wonderfully passionate volunteers. Their work makes Edmund Rice Camps possible and without them, we simply could not operate. One of those amazing volunteers is Lucy. At our recent Quiz Night we were lucky enough to recognise Lucy as our Volunteer of the Year 2016!
As part of our ongoing relationship with the Department of Environment, Water and Resources, Edmund Rice Camps SA was part of a press conference with Minister Ian Hunter. Check us out on 9News here!
Edmund Rice Camps SA has a strong culture of family among our volunteers and participants. A growing group to the ERCSA community is the family unit themselves. Our 2016 Family Camp saw five families join us for a weekend filled with journeys to Challenge Hill and Cleland Wildlife Park as well as spoiling the carers with a pre-dinner of soft-drinks, cheese and lasting memories in our Family Camp Photobooth! And of course, face-painting was a MUST DO activity for all participants involved.
Star Wars camp featured a adventurous walk through the depths of Endor where we experienced a range of challenges through flour, jelly and thick mud. When we got on board the Millennium Falcon, it took us to the starry night sky where we were confronted by Darth Maul and his mysterious foolery. This camp ended with the construction of a base on the planet Hoth and with plenty of laughter, energy and new friendships. What an out-of-this-world success!
For more pictures of the week click here!
On our July Star Wars Camp, we were lucky enough to get visited by staff from the Commonwealth Bank with a cheque for $5,000 as part of their Staff Community Fund! Amazing!