Leader's Weekend 2019 was a HUGE success. With 20 people in attendance over 3 days we all walked away renewed and ready to jump into 2019. Here's what one of our volunteers Jess had to say about the experience.
"I had the privilege of attending the 2019 leaders weekend, an opportunity that sparked refreshed passion for the ERCSA organisation. This past weekend, spent with like-minded people, certainly grounded me as to my place within this community. I could not have asked for a more wonderful group of people to lead alongside (quality banter also) as well as share a reflective space with. The sessions were well thought out and encouraged each leader to step out their comfort zone even in the presence of their peers. This included our Executive Officer, Jess Alikaris who we could not be more grateful and proud to have in the organisation. On Sunday the dynamic changed into a more creative space where the leaders were shown more of the BTS aspect of ERCSA. We were able to develop our own ideas and make a contribution to the more technical aspects of running these wonderful camps. Leaders Weekend ignited a fire in all of us. For me, I can’t wait to continue this journey, with my community, in creating the magic that is Edmund Rice Camps South Australia."
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the weekend so special.
Congratulations to our 2018 Volunteer award recipients:
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - STEFAN
The Edmund Rice Camps SA Volunteer of the Year Award is an initiative developed to recognise and celebrate volunteer effort within our community. The award recognises and honours a single volunteer each year through a peer nomination process.
Stefan has proved himself to be an integral part of our community in 2018. His commitment to ERCSA both on camp and behind the scenes is admirable, and his unwavering passion and dedication to the cause makes him a very valued part of our community.
RISING STAR - TAYAH
The Edmund Rice Camps SA Rising Star Award aims to recognise one volunteer who has started their volunteering journey with ERCSA within the last 12 months, who has shown considerable leadership potential and who has made an impression on those around them including both participants and volunteers. This award also takes into account their commitment to our mission, their compassion and their presence on our programs.
Tayah joined us in early 2018 and after a memorable start to the year she has shown herself to be an enthusiastic and engaging leader. Tayah’s vibrant personality and immense dedication to the Edmund Rice ethos has made a welcomed impression on our community.
FIRE CARRIER - ALEX
The Edmund Rice Camps SA Fire Carrier Award aims to recognise one volunteer who has perpetuated the values of Edmund Rice and his spirit within the organisation within the last 12 months. This person would have shown considerable presence, liberation, and compassion in working with those around them including both participants and volunteers on our programs.
Alex is passionate about the core values of ERCSA and the power of positive relationships. Alex reflects the ERCSA spirit by supporting those we serve, and is also very thoughtful when it comes to empowering everyone to rise together. Alex is a very kind and considered supporting presence to all on camp.
Vic has been a volunteer with us for a little under a year and is an absolute super star!
Here's a bit of her ERCSA journey.
Why did you start volunteering with camps? (What/who motivated you?
I was introduced to ERCSA in high school. A few friends used to volunteer in January and always seemed to have a great time and return for more. When I started uni I began volunteering at a school tutoring program for refugees and helped out on another organisation's kids camp. When in second year, my friend suggested we give ERCSA a go I was keen to jump on board after years of intending to do so. I had really enjoyed working with kids who needed a bit of a leg-up, and after the Summer Camps Launch in December 2017, ERCSA seemed like a great opportunity to continue doing that. On reflection, it's exceeded all expectations and I plan to volunteer on many future camps.
What is your favourite memory from your ERCSA journey?
On the April weekend camp earlier this year, a few local high school students hosted a football clinic. At one point I was helping on the 'goal kicking' station and noticed one of the quieter boys pick up a ball. From the looks of things, he had never had the opportunity to practice footy skills, but before long a group of volunteers and campers were encouraging him as he learnt to kick. I will never forget the smile on his face as the ball crossed the goal line. While only a short moment in the scheme of things, it's memories like this that make it all worth it.
What has being an ERCSA volunteer done for you?
The thing I love about ERCSA is how it not only focuses on supporting the kids, but also the volunteers. Working with the campers is no doubt the main reason us volunteers are present, and working with them is certainly one of the most rewarding aspects. However, I really enjoy how all the volunteers get opportunities to reflect along the way. It helps me grow as a person but equally helps us support one another and form close friendships. Collectively, we become better volunteers to best support the kids. If you've ever thought about joining us on a camp and hesitated, I would highly recommend! Yes, you may face challenges and require a full day to catch up on sleep post-camp. But, it is one of the most welcoming and rewarding experiences on record and I would have started earlier if I had known just how good they would be!
Nominate volunteers that you've seen or know have gone above and beyond for ERCSA in the past year!
This year we will also have a bunch of silly awards to give away - more on this to come!
To vote click here!
Our Volunteer award program was set up in 2016 as a way to acknowledge the efforts of our amazing volunteers.
In addition to the previous Volunteer of the Year award, in 2017 we introduced two new awards:
Click on the photos below to read up on our three winners!
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!
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