Recognition for Youth Leader
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. During the 1950's the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation were trying to encourage Rotarians to donate to the Foundation. They decided to honour those who had donated US$1000 in one gift, by giving them a special form of public recognition and calling them 'Paul Harris Fellows'. This is still the original intention. The Rotary Foundation, and those donations enable Rotarians to carry on a world-wide program of educational and humanitarian programs.
Many clubs, including RC Karrinyup, make significant contributions from fund raising to The Rotary Foundation. For each US$1000 contributed, the club earns credits. The club may decide to use these credits to honour an individual, whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace. The honour is not given lightly.
Community Services Coordinator at Churchlands Senior High School Christina Kolodij, is such a person and was honoured recently in recognition of her work in inspiring and training her students with a positive, balanced approach to life, which involves community service. For the past two years she has encouraged her students to volunteer their time to support our Stirling Farmers Market. Christina organises and trains them to provide us with assistance, always with a smile setting up, cleaning tables and packing up the market. Without this support, the Rotary Club of Karrinyup could not run our weekly Stirling Farmers Market.
Additionally, during the Rotary WA bi-District Conference in March of this year, Christina spent hours organising the students across the entire weekend to provide support for the conference.
Christina commenced in the position Community Services Coordinator at Churchlands Senior High School in 2018. She has worked with the Duke of Edinburgh Awardees, and transformed the program from 14 students to some 90 students in a two-year period. She also worked on the World Challenge program before COVID19 restrictions were put in place.
Some of the other roles that Christina undertakes involves:
- monitoring and recording community service hours for all Year 10 to Year 12 students
- promoting and organising student volunteers for school events and concerts
- liaising with local community groups and schools to organise volunteers for City to Surf, HBF Run for a Reason, Fairs, Primary School Netball Coaches, Relay for Life, World Vision Day, organises collection of food for the Salvos, 40 Hour Famine.
- Christina has a good rapport with all her students and has no trouble getting the students to volunteer their time and so grow to be good citizens.
Christina’s generous time ‘service above self’ contribution towards instilling volunteering and community service in young people has truly benefited Rotary and is testament to her shared purpose with the objectives and mission of Rotary. This is most worthy of Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Congratulations, Christina!