Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


New UC Student Volunteer Army Head Undaunted By Task Ahead

New UC Student Volunteer Army Head Undaunted By Task Ahead in 2013

November 20, 2012

The new president of the University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army (SVA) is undaunted about her task ahead for 2013.

UC law student Bridget Williams said the days of shovelling liquefaction were hopefully over for SVA students but a raft of community service projects were planned for next year.

Williams takes over from SVA founder Sam Johnson who was named the 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year. Using Facebook, Johnson rallied students onto the streets of Christchurch after February 22 to help with the earthquake clean-up and co-ordinate the army’s efforts.

The SVA was also awarded the Royal New Zealand RSA’s Anzac of the Year Award 2012. It is the first time the award was given to non-military personnel or to more than one person.


``We are no longer bound by earthquake related tasks as we are open to everything and anything that betters the community,’’ Williams said.

``An exciting prospect for the SVA is the introduction of platoons. These platoons will align students’ passions and skills with what is needed in the community.

``We will have a gardening platoon, which would be (hypothetically) made up of forestry students or anyone who is ``green-fingered” inspired. Their projects may include beautifying weed-ridden yards, mowing lawns or planting trees.

``We will have a baking platoon; made up of students who love to cook or bake and would provide meals for those in need via soup kitchens etc. These platoons would ultimately provide greater results for those being served for the students eager to help as the work connects with their interests.

``We want to capitalise on what students have learnt at university. We are considering collaborating with the university’s business and law faculties to give free legal or commerce advice.’’

Williams said this would benefit both parties as the public was in need of free counsel relating to earthquake issues and the students would grow with the experience. This could help future employment for students by building relationships and connections with the business community.’’

She said there were no excuses for not helping an individual or group when groups like the SVA had the capabilities. She said it was important for the SVA to be sustainable and to grow from the experiences of the last two years. It added richness to being a UC student.

``I wanted this particular role as I thrive on challenges and opportunities. SVA is a well-recognised organisation that has the potential to really make a difference so the possibilities are endless. This is just a huge privilege and an adventure that could change me for life.’’

Williams said the roles and responsibilities of the 2013 SVA committee were clearer and more structured and they wanted to continue focusing on service that contributed to all spheres of the community by helping anyway possible.

``Our goal is to empower students to be the change in their community and make service a student lifestyle. We hope to have some big events, one for each semester, but we want to give people as many opportunities throughout the year as possible so there will be continuing spontaneous service projects too.

``After all, we want students to take initiative to start their own projects, as a need for volunteering is not always planned, as the earthquake proved. We also want to capitalise on what students can bring to the SVA by matching a community service project with a student’s area of study.

``We also want to see SVA’s being implemented in other universities as I believe this is the year that can prove student service organisations can be sustainable, regardless of the need.’’
website: www.canterbury.ac.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news