Volunteer story of the month
Volunteers have a great variety of reasons for freely giving their time and talent to make our communities better. Lynley Hicks enjoys being able to help locals and visitors to the Barossa.
Most of us know that the Visitor Centre in Tanunda is an award-winning service to the Barossa tourism industry. But did you know that the Centre's paid staff of 7 is supported by 22 very professional volunteers known as Barossa Ambassadors?
Lynley Hicks of Tanunda has been a volunteer at the Visitor Centre since 2011. That's quite a record to be proud of and Lynley says "I just love it here". Lynley's tasks at the Visitor Centre include keeping visitor resources about the Barossa full and up-to-date, and of course interacting and helping visitors. This means working to maintain a current knowledge of what is happening in the Barossa as well as having a good knowledge of places to visit and things to do and see. "It's not all wineries," said Lynley, "there are lots of places to go and stay. I just love the Whispering Wall and encourage visitors (especially from overseas) to visit this unique site."
Lynley says that she enjoys joining with the team on famil days to improve and build upon her local knowledge. She says that the regular updates are part of the reason for the Centre's reputation in the tourist industry, "I learn something new every day".
Lynley commits a half day each week at the Barossa Visitor Centre. Like many volunteers, Lynley donates her time and skills to more than one place. One day each month she can be found at the Barossa Regional Gallery in Tanunda and has also recently joined the Anglican Op Shop in Lyndoch.
"I've always been an out and about person. I enjoy meeting people. I just love it!" she said.
THANK YOU Lynley and the team at the Barossa Visitor Centre for your valued contribution to life in the Valley.
For more information about volunteering at the Visitor Information Centre contact Karen McDonald, 8563 8326.