ARTICLE BY NICOLE COOPER-WARNEKE.
Community Education Coordinator Nicole Cooper-Warneke thanked Bairnsdale brigade on behalf of the East Gippsland Field Days Planning Committee.
“We were overwhelmed with their energy and willingness to engage with community members and encourage participation. Captain Les Beechey brought Captain Koala to life and entertained the crowd without hesitation,” said Nicole.
“The brigade is already very active delivering community education programs and attending community events in their local area.
“A few sausages, rissoles, salads and bread rolls go a long way and were enjoyed by 25 brigade members last night.”
Bairnsdale Brigade Secretary Allan Cracknell said, “We all appreciated the initiative taken by Nicole to recognise the work of brigade members.
“Captain Les Beechey was presented with a plaque to thank members for their contribution and, to round off the occasion, photos were taken of members who attended the Field Days. A good night was had by all.”
Emily Durbridge, brigade support officer for Wellington North, was also in attendance as she played an integral role in the planning of East Gippsland Field Days. Nicole and Emily joined in the celebration, chatted with members and took photos for the brigade.
Brigade Member Sarah van der Velden said, “Last night was excellent - everyone was impressed … normally we’re asked to attend things like the Field Days and we do get a thank you at the end of the day, but not the recognition like we did last night, so it was greatly appreciated!”