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18 August, 2021

School leader gives back to community

YOUNG people across the region celebrated National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) last week, with special recognition being made to Malanda State High School (MSHS) School Captain Nikki Brown.


Malanda State High School Captain Nikki Brown was recognised for National Student Volunteer Week last week. Not only is Nikki school captain but she is an active and passionate volunteer of the SES in her community.

BY ELLIE FINK

YOUNG people across the region celebrated National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) last week, with special recognition being made to Malanda State High School (MSHS) School Captain Nikki Brown. 

NSVW has been highlighting young volunteers in Queensland since 2013, with the support of Volunteering Australia. 

Nikki said that she has been volunteering for the Malanda SES since mid last year, and said enjoys it more and more every day. 

“I learnt about the SES when they initially came to my school in Grade 10, and when I turned 16 (the age you can apply for the SES) I took up that opportunity,” she said. 

“I haven’t had as much experience yet but through training and I have really enjoyed the courses they’ve taken me through.

“Everyone in the SES is amazing and it is so easy to settle myself in with them.” 

Nikki said that she highly recommends young people to volunteer, especially the SES. 

“To me it’s all about supporting locals and putting myself out there and it has become a part of who I am,” she said.

“I really recommend doing SES and I am so happy and grateful I got a hold of it when I did.” 

Mara Basanovic, CEO of Volunteering Australia, said that NSVW has and will continue to highlight the contributions of students across the region to the community. 

“Young people are a strong and enthusiastic cohort of volunteers who through their passion, innovation and drive open new models for volunteering,” she said. 

“Their genuine concern for others and the environment, and unsurpassed energy and willingness to explore and embrace technology have opened exciting new possibilities for volunteering.”


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