A Foresters member for her entire life, Sue Brocken applied to become a Branch Councillor in 2017 because she saw it as another opportunity to reach out to the people in her community. Already heavily involved in volunteering through community organisations, her children’s schools, and through Foresters initiatives, she believed becoming engaged in Foresters governance would help her develop new skills that would enable her to do even more. Participating in monthly Branch Council meetings and attending Foresters governance and training meetings, including the Leadership Development Conference, helps Councillors build critical skills that allow them to do the kind of important work needed to support Foresters members.
Branch Councillors provide strong local leadership by helping to guide the impact Foresters makes in members’ communities. “I see all the good work that Foresters does in the community,” she says. “I wanted to get more involved in an organisation that makes that kind of a difference.”
For Sue, even the smallest act of kindness has the potential to make a large and lasting impact. “Making little changes – cleaning a beach, providing small gifts through care package activities, improving public spaces where families visit and play – can all make a difference in someone’s health and well-being.” Having an opportunity to use her voice is so important to Sue. She believes in the positive impact she can have on Foresters, and on the members in her own community and around the world.
At Foresters, members enjoy a range of unique benefits including the opportunity to take on a leadership role and develop personal development skills. Click here to learn how Foresters can help members achieve their financial goals while making a difference in the community.