AwF New Secretariat – Volunteers

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AwF New Secretariat – Volunteers

Category : Updates

Aquaculture without Frontiers is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Liew as Secretariat for the Volunteers Network.

Roy Palmer, President and Executive Director, AwF, said “We are absolutely delighted that Paul has offered his considerable skills to service our Volunteer Network. AwF has entered a new era and it is important, if we are to achieve the aims set out in our Strategic Plan, that we broaden our connections and horizons. We have a compelling story and a massive job ahead of us in achieving our goals so we must expand our base and create opportunities for people to engage. The work of our volunteers is paramount to the organisation so it is essential that we have good admin support.”

Paul Liew has a background in Administration Management and Food Technology. Paul commented “My food career began as a chef and lasted for over a decade while exploring travel and work opportunities to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, exposing me to their wondrous and varied people and cuisines. I took a role as administration manager of an abalone cannery back in Australia managing HACCP, human resources, stakeholders and exporting to Asia for seven years. I appreciated the interactions with business owners and suppliers and believe that experience will assist with my role as secretary.”

Palmer added “We are forming new Networks in Women/Gender; Global Schools/Students and Indigenous activities built around aquaculture and our activities which will be the catalyst for engagement. These are all areas which are important for both our work and the aquaculture industry. We welcome support and input from people like Paul who have such skills to help us develop these initiatives. Paul will be adding value to the great work being done by Volunteer Network team of Cormac O’Sullivan and Ignacio Llorente.”

“The AwF Global Schools/Students Network gets under way on 22 October when the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre (HVTTC) and all of the students (thanks to Steve Harrison) are raising the awareness of AwF and its work with a fund-raising dinner to be held at the HVTTC in Huonville, very much at the heart of Tasmanian aquaculture. The theme chosen by the students is “Eat Fish for one night; help feed the world fish for the future.”

The AwF Women’s Network has, after a number of meetings and lots of exciting communication, formed a committee and there will soon be an announcement of the planned activities.

The AwF Indigenous Network has only recently evolved following discussions and as soon as there is a plan agreed we will promote that but there is talk of an event during 2015 to firmly establish this group.