Celebrating Volunteer Week: Admired Branxton volunteer Sue McAllister

After leaving the world of banking, Sue McAllister applied her skills and experience as a “teller” on a more meaningful journey. Volunteering.

Volunteering for Sue is a way to help out a school in her local community, Branxton. Since 2012, Sue has volunteered at Rosary Park Catholic School.

She dedicates her time as an active member of the local parish, classroom assistant and mentor. Specifically, assisting students in areas such as reading, writing, mathematics (her personal favourite) and most importantly their wellbeing and spiritual development.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 is “Making a world of difference” – representing the real impact volunteers have in nurturing inclusive and diverse communities through their generous gift of time.

For Sue, she’s made a world of difference to both staff and students at Rosary Park Catholic School. 

“A life without Sue at Rosary Park just wouldn’t be the same,” said Rosary Park Religious Co-ordinator, Amie Ward. “She is a friend to all and someone the school community respects and values.”

With no children of her own, Sue said what she loves most about volunteering is spending time with children and the gratification she feels when helping students with their education.

All up, Sue has volunteered at the school continuously for nine years, often being there every day of the week. She is a familiar face in the school, and one that is highly admired.

“Children love to see her each day, often running up to tell her about their weekend or to simply give her a big hug,” said Amie.

“Rosary Park Catholic School in Branxton is blessed to have Sue McAllister as a part of our school and parish community.”

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Brittany Gonzalez

Brittany Gonzalez is Communications Co-ordinator in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.