City of Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer passionate about helping

Volunteer Meg Rodgers of Myaree. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d447913
Volunteer Meg Rodgers of Myaree. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d447913

A VOLUNTEER who does most of her work behind the scenes has been put front and centre after being named Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer of 2015.

Meg Rodgers picked up the award for the countless hours she has spent helping Native ARC in on-site and off-site animal care, research and fundraising activities.

The 21-year-old also picked up the City’s Environment Award at a ceremony held earlier this month.

“I was in complete shock and surprised even to be nominated as a lot of my work is behind the scenes and in different areas,” she said.

Ms Rodgers, who is also a fourth year veterinary medicine student and registered wildlife carer with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, has spent four years with Native ARC in Bibra Lake as a treatment supervisor.

The role has given her plenty of experience for a career in a field she always seemed destined to fall into.

“I was one of those kids that was always bringing animals home,” she said.

Earlier this year the Myaree resident was part of the team that helped animals injured or displaced by bush fires, and has spent the last year as a wildlife carer on call 24 hours a day.

She also provides care for sick animals at home.

Highlighting the variety of work she is willing to do, Ms Rodgers was preparing to put together thank you hampers that will be donated to supporting veterinary clinics as the Gazette chatted to her last week.

Native ARC manager Dean Huxley said Ms Rodgers was “a real role model”.

“She is just so passionate and one of the reasons we are able to keep our work going,” he said.