Linda Catalano

27

Warringah - Pittwater Unit

'Give it a go! Get your application in, go have a chat to your local unit volunteers and step out of your comfort zone! You won’t regret it! You’ll make amazing friends and you’ll learn a whole lot!'

When did you join the NSW SES and how old were you when you joined?

3 years ago, which means I was 23 years old!

What sparked your interest in the NSW SES? How did you come to join the NSW SES?

I’ve always had a sense of giving back and being a part of something bigger than myself. The SES, along with other emergency services played an integral role in the rescue and recovery of victims in the 1989 Kempsey bus crash, sadly, my cousins, auntie and uncle were involved. I was first introduced to the SES when my cousin told me about WOW day, I then looked into it and figured it was something I could be a part of! It’s my way of saying thank you on behalf of my family. 

Why do you choose to be an SES Volunteer? 

It’s the feeling that I’m making a positive difference to someone’s life.

And I always think back to “the worst in nature, the best in us”

What is your most memorable experience in your time as a NSW SES volunteer?

The lifelong friends I’ve made, as well as the invaluable experience I’ve gained. That’s been the most memorable experience so far!

What would be your top tip for young people who may be thinking about becoming an NSW SES Member? 

Give it a go! Get your application in, go have a chat to your local unit volunteers and step out of your comfort zone! You won’t regret it! You’ll make amazing friends and you’ll learn a whole lot!


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