All jazzed-up for Australia Day honours

25 January 2018

New Hope employee and serial volunteer Marilyn Boyce will be recognised for her volunteer service with the Brisbane Jazz Club on Sunday during the Griffith Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

After six years of dedicated service, Marilyn is handing over her Jazz Club baton to focus on her full-time role in Enterprise Resource Planning at New Hope’s Ipswich head-office in Brookwater.

After four years serving at the Jazz Club as a general volunteer, Marilyn then stepped into the role of Chief Volunteer Liaison where she managed training, rosters and organisation for the club’s volunteer team.

Marilyn said the club was run largely by volunteers and had become one of Brisbane’s top hot spots for Australian and international jazz musicians.

"Volunteering your time in community organisations like the Jazz Club really helps you to understand what’s important in life," Marilyn said.

"Being useful and helping to bring people together is a really rewarding experience."

"I’d really never listened to jazz music but after visiting the Jazz Club back in 2012, I was utterly hooked and I knew I wanted to get more involved."

"The club is terrific, it’s set right on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point and the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming, especially for people who may be new to the jazz scene like I was."

The Jazz Club wasn’t Marilyn’s first time around the volunteering block, before joining she spent four years serving with State Emergency Services where she was named New Member of the Year and later Group Member of the Year.

"I learned so much during my time with the SES. I got to do all types of things like land searches, storm recovery and clean-up operations," Marilyn said.

"I was part of the team who went up to Mackay after the cyclone hit, and I was also involved in responding to the storms at The Gap back in 2008."

Marilyn was also a part of New Hope Group’s recent volunteering trip up to Avoid Island just off the coast of Mackay in October.

"New Hope put the call out for volunteers to help Queensland Trust For Nature prepare the island for the arrival of researchers who study the local flatback turtle population," Marilyn said.

"We spent the days cleaning the beaches and maintaining the research facilities, and then at night we were lucky enough to watch the turtles make their way up the beaches and lay their eggs."

The Griffith Australia Day awards will be presented by Federal Member Terri Butler this Sunday, where Marilyn and 19 other volunteers will be recognised for their efforts.

To learn more about the Brisbane Jazz Club, you can visit their website at http://www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au/