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Opportunity of a Lifetime for Eight ECU Students

Friday, 20 May 2011

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Eight students from the Faculty of Business and Law have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Sarah Baydoun, Joshua Behiels, Aaron Camm, Kali Fort, Dominic Lindsay, Scott Radici, Daniela van Wyk and Rebecca Wang have been appointed as Administration Support Volunteers at the prestigious 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

These fortunate students will all work closely with Volunteering WA in the recruitment and training of 500 other volunteers and will also be given the opportunity to become team leaders for CHOGM.

CHOGM is considered to be the largest international event Perth has seen for 50 years. These ECU students will play a key role as volunteers in supporting the largest-ever gathering of world leaders in Perth, and in doing so help to showcase Australia to the broader Commonwealth community.

“It is great that ECU students will be involved in CHOGM, in partnership with Volunteering WA. Students from different countries may have the opportunity to meet representatives from their home countries,” said Premier Colin Barnett.

Lecturer from the Faculty of Business and Law, Dr Megan Le Clus, who worked with Workplace Opportunities Coordinator, Ms Janet Simmons, and Volunteering WA to provide this opportunity to Business and Law students, believes the partnership will provide students with quality work and life experience.

“Working with Volunteering WA and participating in the CHOGM 2011 Volunteer Program provides our students with the unique opportunity to be part of the largest-ever gathering of world leaders in Australia. They will undergo extensive training and be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences that will complement the formal learning they receive at university,” she said.

The recruitment process for the 500 volunteers is now underway, with Volunteering WA having already received an overwhelming number of applications from the WA community. These 500 volunteers will occupy positions such as volunteer Venue Officer, Transport Officer or Driver for the event.

For further information about involvement opportunities with CHOGM event please visit the Volunteering WA website.

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