Resilience Ambassadors Program

The Resilience Ambassadors Program equips outstanding young people to become champions of resilience in their organisations and regions. Ambassadors will develop leadership skills throughout the year-long program, engaging with senior executives across relevant organisations. The program provides valuable learning and networking opportunities with Australian and international experts, including access to the annual AFAC Conference. Upon completion of the program, ambassadors will continue to grow as part of a vibrant alumni community. 

The Resilience Ambassadors Program transforms enthusiastic young volunteers and staff into powerful advocates for disaster resilience. Resilience Ambassadors are expected to use their skills to the benefit of their organisations and communities; encouraging activities and conversations that bring about organisational change, and fostering community partnerships to build shared resilience to disasters.

Each year, up to five participants are selected to become ambassadors from a competitive application process. 

2017 Resilience Ambassadors

Five outstanding young people have been offered places in AIDR’s 2017 Resilience Ambassadors Program. This year’s ambassadors include both urban and regional employees and volunteers from State Emergency Services, fire agencies and the Australian Red Cross. Through the year-long program, the ambassadors will become champions of resilience within their organisation and region. They will be mentored and encouraged to network through engagement with their peers, senior members in the sector and leaders in the broader community. Resilience Ambassadors will also benefit their broader communities by applying their leadership skills to a personal disaster resilience project.

Meet the Ambassadors

I'm Georgia. I'm 22 years old, and I've been an Emergency Services volunteer at Red Cross for nearly four years, primarily in recovery—specifically in outreach conducted in communities affected by disaster. Inspired by this service, as well as by my studies in psychology, I became a Psychological First Aid Facilitator with the aspiration to contribute to the strengthening of the WA Red Cross Emergency Services workforce. 
Through my experience as a training facilitator, seeing the strengths and opportunities within the WA Red Cross Emergency Services workforce, I have recently begun working on a project with the Emergency Services Capacity Development Coordinator to empower other volunteers to become leaders within the organisation. I will be able to make this project a reality through my role as Resilience Ambassador in 2017, with the support and mentorship generously granted by the AIDR. I'm also looking forward to integrating learnings from other leaders in emergency management across Australia into my Perth-based project.

Hi, I'm Amanda. At a young age, I was inspired by seeing the State Emergency Service (SES) in action. I eagerly awaited my sixteenth birthday when I was finally allowed to join. I am now into my eighth year with the SES in a small town in rural Queensland and I’ve grown to become a valued operational member of the Nanango Group.

Operational activities aside, I am partway through completing my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as I enjoy helping others. Additionally, I have been involved in disaster resilience and community preparedness as I can see the benefits of educating the community on disaster resilience. I anticipate the Resilience Ambassadors Program will greatly improve my disaster resilience knowledge, and better the relationship the SES has with the community through my resilience plan.

Hi, I'm Andrew. I joined the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) in 2010 as a volunteer while studying civil engineering at university. After working at the Department of Defence, I joined the NSW SES as a staff member in 2014 and I've worked closely with communities to build resilience to floods, storms and tsunami. I have been part of incident management and community liaison teams in several response operations including major flooding, cyclones, severe storms and two tornadoes. I'm passionate about the use of innovation and technology to enhance disaster preparedness and the volunteer experience. I'm looking forward to working with other ambassadors during the program to build the resilience of vulnerable communities, increase community participation in emergency management volunteering and explore innovative approaches to community safety. 

I'm Jayme. I work for the South Australian State Emergency Service (SES), where I develop curriculum for our volunteers. I also volunteer with the SES in a range of technical rescue and training roles. The Resilience Ambassadors Program captured my interest as I believe communities can be empowered and supported further to develop their resilience. The program will give me the opportunity to consult the community and industry to develop a Community Resilience Strategic Plan for the South Australian SES. This plan will align our current community resilience projects and acknowledge additional opportunities to develop resilience within the community.



I'm Allie, a volunteer firefighter and community education presenter with the Country Fire Authority (CFA). I also work as the Fire & Emergency Management Officer at my local council. Two topics I am particularly passionate about are community engagement and volunteer sustainability (specifically youth retention and recruitment). My background in disaster resilience includes my experience in community engagement; as a volunteer with my local community and across Victoria, and also through my position in local government. I am an advocate for better recruitment and retention of youth into emergency management volunteering to ensure the longevity of volunteering into the future. Through the Resilience Ambassadors Program, I look forward to gaining a greater network of disaster resilience experts and emergency management leadership, development of my own capability as a future leader in community engagement and volunteerism and to collaborate with the like-minded Resilience Ambassadors across Australia.