By Pam Barlow – Link Vision Mitchelton, Store manager
One day June and her friend Sandra were out looking for a backdrop for their line dancing social club and called into their local op shop looking for some inspiration. This ended up becoming a weekly event on their way home from line dancing, June would always be tidying the op shop while she was browsing and the Anna (the manager at the time) asked if she would like to volunteer, June said “if she ever hurt her foot and could not dance she would love too.”
A few weeks later June hurt her knee, so when she was able to walk properly again, she decided to start volunteering. As June does not drive, Sandra would call into the shop to pick June up after line dancing. Sandra also started to tidy the shop while waiting for June to finish her shift. Anna asked Sandra if she would like to work as well and over the next few years June also recruited four more of her line dancing friends, two of whom are still volunteering at our Link Vision store today! As June only lives locally it was nothing for her to just pop into the shop and help out and sometimes work three days a week.
June’s favourite job is to help me with the window displays and loves merchandizing, keeping our book section in order, dressing up for Halloween and helping at the Blackwood Street Halloween festival, she also takes home our washing and since the coronavirus outbreak, June has been keeping busy at home potting plants for us to sell at the shop and pricing stock.
This is Junes 21st year of Volunteering at our Mitchelton Link Vision store as she is more than happy doing this on a work-at-home basis due to coronavirus. She is a well known member of the local community and loved by everyone.
Blackwood Street has a very strong community spirit and all the businesses support one another. The local community continue to support Link Vision with their wonderful donations and patronage with some customers regularly coming to the store for over twenty years and we can’t thank them enough.