Volunteering and conservation in action

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we are proud to recognise the extraordinary contributions of individuals within our community who dedicate their time and energy to making a difference.

Ella Woodborne, 2021 Sunshine Coast Grammar School Alumni, has set an inspiring example through her volunteer efforts and her story is a testament to the power of determination, kindness and community spirit.

We sat down with Ella to discuss her volunteer journey and find out more about the groups and organisations she represents.

Currently, Ella volunteers as the Youth Representative for the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Community Advisory Group, a role she has held since the proposal phase in 2019. Ella also contributes to the Kids in Action program and works as an Education Officer at Co-Exist. Her role as a guest speaker also allows her to share her passion and knowledge with broader audiences.

“I really enjoy working with Kids in Action and Co-Exist. It is so rewarding to see young people getting excited about making a difference,” says Ella.

Ella’s journey into volunteering began with a deep-seated passion for helping others and making a positive impact on our environment. This passion quickly translated into action as she involved herself in a variety of activities including Grammar Helping Hands beach clean-up events to tutoring younger students. One of Ella’s most notable achievements from her time at Grammar was founding the Grammar Green Team, a sustainability initiative aimed at promoting environmental awareness and action among students.

Through her time with the Grammar Green Team, Ella has left a lasting mark on our school, motivating many to discover new ways to contribute to a more sustainable future.

“The Grammar Green Team started with just a few of us who wanted to make a difference. Seeing how it has grown and inspired so many others is amazing.”

In recognition of her efforts, Ella was awarded the Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day Awards in 2020, which motivated her to continue striving for positive change.

Ella’s commitment to climate activism was further recognised in 2022 when she was listed among the Sunshine Coast’s top 100 most inspirational women.

“I have always been passionate about helping others and making a positive impact in my community,” Ella reflects.

“Seeing the difference it makes in people’s lives is incredibly rewarding and motivates me to keep going.”

Looking ahead, Ella hopes to continue inspiring others to take action and to contribute to a more compassionate and sustainable world.

As we acknowledge and celebrate our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, Ella’s story serves as a powerful reminder of what can be achieved when one person is committed to making a difference.

Ella has left her mark at Grammar and has inspired many to find new ways to make our Earth a healthier planet.

Thank you, Ella!