A meeting with a VIEW

Felicity Wegemund

Felicity Wegemund has worn many hats during her life – from graphic artist in London to Qantas inflight cabin manager to Gold Coast University Hospital nurse.

She’s done a stint as a taxidermist’s  volunteer assistant at the Australian Museum in Sydney, and following her arrival in Canungra 12 years ago, has immersed herself in the community as a volunteer at the Canungra Rodeo and Show.

Every year she trades her nursing scrubs for an apron, and with a smile on her face, hands out cans of rum and coke like a pro.

Cafe Metz

“It’s like being the life of the party, one drink at a time,” she laughs.

“Volunteering has not only allowed me to contribute to worthy causes, but also helped me establish new friendships within the community.”

Last month Felicity joined Virginia Duncan, Cecilia Irons, Linda Ashton and Gwen Higgs at an informal gathering of like-minded women intent on establishing a Canungra branch of VIEW, a national women’s organisation that raises funds for the work of The Smith Family, the charitable organisation dedicated to supporting disadvantaged Australian children and families in need.

“VIEW – Voice, Interests, and Education of Women – is more than just an acronym.  It represents a collective desire to empower women from all walks of life,” says Felicity.

Currently, there are close to 300 VIEW clubs in Australia, so why one in Canungra?

“Every community benefits from a supportive network of women who lift each other up,” says Felicity. “Canungra is not just a place – it’s a small town with a big heart, where nature’s beauty surrounds us, and the spirit of community runs deep. 

“With our growing population we have an extraordinary opportunity to create a space where established and new local women can gather, connect and inspire one another.”

A VIEW Club in Canungra would be the first of its kind in the Scenic Rim.

The next gathering for women interested in establishing a club will be held at 12 noon on 17 July at the Canungra Bowls Club.

For more information on VIEW go to: View.org.au.