Nicky is the president of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Salsa Dance Society, a dance school which organises weekly dance classes and social events for students and others. In addition to being the key event organiser, she is also in charge of training new teachers, coordinating the volunteers, and managing social media and promotion. Nicky is the leading force behind creating a community and learning environment that welcomes and celebrates diversity of ages, bodies, nationalities, and identities, and does so in an incredibly well-organised way.
Nicky explains what volunteering means to her:
“I think many of us see things in our community that need changing – whether it is about people, or the environment not being treated well enough, or just the lack of a cup of coffee for the parents bringing their kids to basketball on an early Sunday morning. Rather than hoping someone else will fix this or waiting for a job to open up in this field, I love how volunteering allows me to step up and make a difference right away.”
On top of her work with the UTAS Salsa Dance Society, Nicky is also convener of Fossil Free UTAS, where she spearheaded the student activism that was instrumental to UTAS declaring its intention to divest from fossil fuels in October 2020.
Nicky says there are many reasons why she would encourage people to try volunteering:
“I think there are so many reasons for why volunteering is great: you meet new people that you otherwise would not have met; you can learn amazing skills that are so useful in many parts of your life; and you can make a difference to your community, and it just feels good to be useful. Also, a few years of volunteering has brought me job offers, a small income, and a killer CV!”