New role with St John

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EVELYN.THORN@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

St John’s newest recruit Sandra Wilson has begun her new role as a volunteer support manager for the Otago›Southland area, which covers Stewart Island to Oamaru.

The role is one of eight recently created throughout New Zealand.

Ms Wilson joined St John as an ambulance volunteer 19 years ago in Mosgiel, where she lives, and has had a variety of roles. These include an operational volunteer in Mosgiel, a casual role at Dunedin ambulance station, secretary to the St John Taieri Area Committee and being a member of the National Volunteer Support Group for St John from 2004›20.

Ms Wilson has been a frontline ambulance officer for the past seven years at the Dunedin ambulance station.

Given her extensive experience, she said she was looking forward to the ‘‘fantastic opportunity’’ of the new role.

Covid›19 had made it challenging getting going in November last year.

‘‘It has become such a busy time, meaning I haven’t been able to meet all of the local St John frontline volunteers yet.’’

She said the main purpose of her role was to support managers and ambulance volunteers throughout Otago and Southland.

‘‘Our first goal is working together to recruit new volunteers.

‘‘Volunteers play an invaluable role especially in rural communities where they are often the first responders.

‘‘It can be the public’s perception in many areas that we no longer need volunteers. However, that is certainly not the case.’’

She encouraged Clutha residents to consider volunteering for St John.

Interested parties could find out more by calling her on 027 232›8479, or visiting join.stjohn.org.nz.