Judy Macgill is an active ECEC volunteer
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Judy Macgill makes a big difference for small learners at Heathridge

by Freya Lucas

October 12, 2023

Judy Macgill, a retired librarian, is making a big difference to the children of MercyCare Heathridge, visiting each week to provide support to staff and educators and use her passion for education to inspire the children to become amazing readers. 


The highlight of her visits are the captivating story time sessions, which always end with robust conversations with the children about the books she has chosen.


“What lights up my day is when the children want to discuss the story we have read,” Ms Macgill said.


“One of my favourite moments so far was reading the Dreamtime story The Rainbow Serpent. This story sparked such a lively discussion among the children, highlighting the power of literature and its ability to ignite young minds.”


As well as giving the children a strong foundation for literacy learning, volunteering has given Ms Macgill a renewed sense of purpose after she retired last year. For others who might want to volunteer in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector she has the following advice: 


“Be prepared to have a lot of fun! You need to have both emotional and physical energy to work with children, but you’ll always go home with a big smile on your face.” 


Ms Macgill’s experience is a powerful reminder of the impact one can have when driven by passion and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. 


“We are honoured to have her as part of our community, enriching our children’s lives and bringing the joy of learning to our early learning centre,” a MercyCare spokesperson said.

Learn more about MercyCare here. 

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