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Giving back at Christmas

MER Engagement 1Digital Production Coordinator Tristan Velasco face painting at the event

The Marketing and External Relations (MER) team from North Sydney took a day of community service leave in late 2011 to volunteer with Mission Australia.

The team members attended a Christmas party for children with learning disabilities and their families, assisting Mission Australia staff to provide a special time for the families to come together and celebrate. 

The design team took their artistic skills to a different canvas, providing face-painting for the children and producing some amazing results. The less artistically gifted members of the team distributed stickers, manned the jumping castle and got dirty in the petting zoo. It was not only a worthwhile event, but a fun day both for the children and their families, and for the MER team (who plan to repeat the endeavour next Christmas). 

Community service leave is available to all staff at ACU at the rate of five days per year on full pay. 

“This leave provides an opportunity for staff to live the mission of ACU, providing and sustaining links with neighbours, local, regional and our broader national community,” said Diana Chegwidden, ACU’s Director of Human Resources.

“Community service enriches both our own and other people’s lives through a commitment to serving the common good and this form of leave enable staff to undertake their civic duties.” 

Ms Chegwidden explained that there are many ways that community service leave might be used at manager’s discretion. 

“Obvious uses of community service leave include jury service, blood donation, fire fighting and emergency services assistance or military reserve service.

“Not so obvious are community service contributions such as representation at major cultural, social and sporting events, or in volunteering to assist the disadvantaged in our society.”

MER Engagment_BODY 2Marketing and External Relations North Sydney team