Q&A with Lucy Aston, Healesville SES recruitment section leader

Lucy Aston.

What do you enjoy most about the SES?

The thing I enjoy most about the SES is the skills that I have learnt over my time there.

The skills I have learnt have helped me in my day to day life.

Whether they are accredited skills or life skills such as working under pressure or dealing with stressful situations, all skills have played a role in my day to day life.

The SES has helped me to gain confidence and this has helped me in my job and in my uni degree.

How long have you been a part of the SES?

I have been a part of the SES for a year and a half.

What is something people don’t know about you?

Something people may not know about me is that alongside my daytime job as a chef and my uni degree, I’m a bouncer at a nightclub on a Saturday night.

The SES has helped me to be able to deal with situations better in this job.

What are the worst and best experiences you’ve had in the SES?

The best experience with the SES is all the jobs that I get to go to.

I absolutely love going to the jobs, getting out there, getting my hands dirty and helping the community.

There haven’t been any bad experiences with the SES, even the bad car accidents that we attend all make up different parts of the SES experience, and each job we go to is fulfilling in its own way.

What is your favourite book and why?

I do not have a favourite book as I do not like reading at all! I’d rather watch the movie.

If I must read a book for uni then I will force myself to do it, otherwise I just don’t bother!

What event, past or present or future would you like to witness?

I’d love to witness the Martin Luther King speech.

I am all for inclusiveness, that’s why I joined the SES as they are extremely inclusive!

Martin Luther King changed the way of life for so many people and he is a role model for a lot of people.

What three guests, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite four guests and they would be the whole ABBA group.

ABBA is my favourite group and they would be so much fun to have at a ‘70s themed party!

What made you want to become a member in the SES?

I wanted to become an SES volunteer because I wanted to be involved in a community organisation that cared and acknowledged its volunteers and was inclusive of all people!

I wanted to do something in the community that would help people in times of need.

I just wanted to do my bit in the community and joining the SES was going to help me do that.

What has been your most memorable moment?

There are way too many moments to count, but aside from all the jobs we attend we do fun training exercises and we also have dinner parties and a corporate bowls team, and these are all good ways to get to know everyone better in the unit and make so many more friends.

What is it like being in the SES?

Joining the SES is the best decision I have ever made.

Sometimes it can be stressful and high-pressure, other times it’s exciting and fun, and then it can be extremely hard work but very fulfilling at the same time.

There’s nothing like working hard to reach an outcome that has benefited a member or members of the community.

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