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Dog Quote: ‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart’

 

Word of the week: Companion; a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels. "his travelling companion.

 

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to have wonderful experiences in the work place, working alongside some extraordinary people. Working for the Noosa Reginal Council definitely brought about my love for teaching children how to swim at the Noosa Aquatic Centre (N.A.C.). Over time I evolved from teaching 4-12 year olds swimming to teaching babies 6mths-4 years old, being a birthday party host then taking on a more senior role as an After School Care Co-ordinator at the Bi-centennial Hall in Sunshine Beach.

 

I learned so much in my ten years of being part of the community there and being with such a professional, fun loving work force. Everyone in the team I worked with set a high standard of how the work place should operate and how to allow staff achieve not only professional goals but personal goals as well. 

While I was working at the N.A.C. I also started working at Australia Zoo. It was refreshing to meet so many people so passionate about our wildlife and doing their bit to educate the general public on key issues that affect their living environments and numbers on the wild. I began working in the Birds Department with three very enthusiastic bird advocates, Brett, Carmen and Pete. Their intricate knowledge of each bird in each section, from finches to Cassowaries, made easy to catch on and want to learn more about how these creatures lived day to day.

 

I eventually began to work in different departments where I learned to work with Kangaroos, Camels, farm animals and my favourite the Dingos. Acquiring the skills of how to observe animal behaviours, maintain enclosures, how to care for such amazing creatures and respect their being certainly uncovered a nurturing side within myself that grows with every animal I encounter.

 

I had the opportunity to travel to Alaska in 2010 by invitation of Heather the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Alaska Zoo. I met Heather when she volunteered at Australia Zoo and just jumped at the opportunity to see how another Zoo operates from an insider’s perspective. My experience at Alaska Zoo was exceptional, I spent my time walking the Wolves, feeding Molly the Snow Leopard and the Amur Tigers, placing enrichment in the enclosure for the wolverines, meeting Moose and Musk Ox, kissing a Harbor Seal and weighing Snowy Owls and Bald Eagles, all the snow in -10* temperatures.

 

 While in the Northern Hemisphere I called in to see some Canadian friends I’d meet years earlier while working in Lake Louise. Lots of snowboarding, hikes and music. Another surprise towards last days of traveling across Canada was a V.I.P. tour of the Vancouver Sea Life Centre. My friend’s sister worked there and invited me along to check out the highlights and meet some of the whales, dolphins and seals up close, it was another amazing experience.

 

What amazing opportunities or experiences have you had in work or play?

 

Thank you for reading, Join me next time,

 

xox Bec Mc

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