Hayley Godfrey’s path to volunteering is one marked by dedication, adaptability, and a deep commitment to making a difference. From her early days as a member of the Sunshine Coast Writers’ Group to her current roles in the Fraser Coast Region, such as the Hervey Bay Library, Hayley’s journey reflects a tireless pursuit of service and community engagement.

Her decision to embark on her volunteer journey was rooted in her desire to contribute meaningfully to her community. Whether serving as treasurer for the Sunshine Coast Writers’ Group or providing mentorship to Rising Stars participants, Hayley has consistently sought opportunities to make a positive impact.

One of the most memorable aspects of Hayley’s volunteer experience is the opportunity to connect with new individuals and acquire fresh skills and knowledge. For her, the satisfaction of learning and successfully applying new techniques is its own reward, and she takes joy in sharing her expertise with others, particularly in the realm of writing. This has also lead to the creation of her own group called the ‘Hervey Bay Writers’ Group’.

Volunteering has profoundly shaped Hayley’s perspective, providing her with a platform to contribute in a modest yet meaningful manner. Through her volunteer activities, she finds fulfillment in the possibility of leaving a lasting imprint on others, whether through community service or a simple gesture of kindness.

Throughout her volunteer journey, Hayley has encountered a multitude of individuals and diverse experiences, each leaving a lasting impression on her. It is through these encounters that she has gleaned invaluable insights and deepened her understanding of the human experience.

For those considering volunteering, Hayley offers sage advice: Engage wholeheartedly in activities that resonate with your passions and interests. Whether it’s dedicating time each week or testing your abilities before entering the workforce, volunteering can be a deeply fulfilling endeavour.

If Hayley could describe her volunteer journey in one phrase, it would be “Each chapter of my volunteer journey has been multifaceted and fascinating, and it’s not over yet.” Indeed, Hayley’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of service, community, and lifelong learning. As she continues to write new chapters in her volunteer story, Hayley remains committed to making a difference and leaving a positive legacy in her community.