Words by Clare Vernon, Local Landcare Coordinator for Greater Sydney Landcare Network
My Landcare journey started at Sydney University, connecting with Landcare on farms, Sydney-based conservation societies and attending weekends adventures throughout the region. It was at a BioBlitz that I was put in touch with Intrepid Landcare. The message of leadership, empowerment for change and being part of an energised, enthusiastic movement resonated strongly with me.
I wouldn’t have guessed that the chance weekend of attending a Leadership Retreat would have put me on my current path. From the retreat, I worked with other student volunteers to build the university Landcare society, and I took a more proactive role in leadership, event planning and coordination. Inspired by the real changes we were making, I successfully applied for a Local Landcare Coordinator position at GSLN. I also joined the NSW Landcare as an invited member looking at youth engagement; the best of both worlds and a new project post-university.
I’m incredibly proud to be part of the Landcare story and would never have expected – when I started university – this is where I would’ve ended up before graduation. I recently achieved an honours degree in environmental science, gained some incredible skills in the process and met the most amazing leaders, change makers and local legends, and feel energised to make a real difference in 2019.
Photo credits: Clare Vernon
There are many pathways into Landcare. What was your pathway? Share at firstname.lastname@example.org