Featuring: Bernadine Erasumus, Author and Journalist who discovered her passion for volunteering and nonprofit organisations has taken her on an intriguing journey.
A free presentation by Avondale Libraries and Friends of the Library.
Bernadene joined a non-profit organisation in Tauranga, and transitioned from a volunteer to an employee with the job description of professional development coach. During this time she was able to launch Project Impossible – a small project which utilized funds raised from book sales to realise the dreams of some young adults with intellectual disabilities ( e.g travel, skills courses, honeymoon trips).
From these experiences she wrote two books: All this and the moon ( aimed particularly at honouring her students) and Raison D’Etre ( a sociological account of the NGO within the context of significant government policy change – now out of print).
When Bernadene’s husband was offered a contract in Australia, she enrolled at Avondale and completed her masters in leadership and management in 2012. The opportunity arose for further research and her interest turned naturally to prosocial behaviour and the leadership and management of complex nonprofit organizations. The organization she chose represented a fascinating challenge being a hybrid nonprofit which combined church and missionary work with business enterprise.