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Volunteer Motivation

Tuesday, July 31, 3.30 PM-5.00 PM

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Come and be inspired by Bernadene’s passion for writing and volunteering.

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 Erasumus has a background in journalism and secondary school teaching and is an excellent speaker, she was asked to write and implement a bridging program for young adults with intellectual disabilities in Hawkes’ Bay, New Zealand and this is where her passion for volunteering and nonprofit organizations was ignited.

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.





Tuesday, July 31
3.30 PM-5.00 PM
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Avondale College of Higher Education
(02) 4980 2222


Avondale Libraries (Lake Macquarie campus)
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