EVEN if it’s pouring a cup of tea and listening, Colette Curtis’ aim is to make a difference in the lives of others.
The pastoral associate at St Patrick’s is achieving her life’s goal through the many volunteer positions she holds in the community.
Colette volunteers at the Red Cross Emergency Services including in flood management and community crises, she is a member of Crime Stoppers, Avalon aged care home, vice president of St Vincent de Paul, moderator for the Department of Justice, and she also does a bread run.
She is also a relief teacher and foster parent and has held positions in Nature Line and Landcare and was supervisor of staff at Anglicare.
“The spirit of the people in Emerald in all those volunteer groups is team work. The spirit of people gives me the energy to reach out,” she said.
“The experiences of life have taught me to have an open mind and heart towards people.
“That’s what I try to live; I don’t always succeed but I can try.
“Community means a lot and is a big part of my life. I guess we all need to be involved in the community to make a difference.
“I love the community and spirit of Emerald; it has been built on the foundation of good families, hospitality, goodness and love.
“We are still benefiting and experiencing that goodness through the community today.”
To celebrate and recognise the work Colette does in the community St Patrick’s are holding a special night for Colette on Saturday, November 20. There will be a Mass service starting at 5pm, followed by a bush dance and dinner.
The festivities don’t end there with a special Mass service for Colette on Sunday, starting at 9.30am, with a morning tea to follow.
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