Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Leading Lady; Emma Galliott Finds out What Glenda Ashby Does in Her Spare Time

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Leading Lady; Emma Galliott Finds out What Glenda Ashby Does in Her Spare Time

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POINT Danger Marine Rescue's newest head honcho is ready to put her heart and soul into the unit.

Glenda Ashby is the first female unit commander the half-century-old marine rescue organisation has seen, but the thought of being the first chick in charge had not even crossed her mind.

"I never really looked at that," the dedicated volunteer said.

"All I thought about was guiding the unit, making sure everyone had access to top training to make our people the top people and keeping the Marine Rescue financially stable to keep this service going."

The position, which became available after long-term unit commander Bernie Gabriel retired last month, isn't a gig for the light-hearted.

"Bernie's been involved since it began; he spent 50 years with the unit," Mrs Ashby said.

"I don't think I'll make it that long."

But with 14 years of volunteering already under her belt, she's well on her way.

"I know it was going to be a lot more responsibility," she said.

"I know what was involved and I thought, well I know, that I am more than capable of doing the job so I decided I'd like to take up the position."

One of her aims is working towards getting younger members of the community involved with volunteering.

"We're a vital and free service and we're doing something for the community," she said.

"I'd dearly love to get more of the younger generation involved."

Mrs Ashby said it was a very rewarding volunteer organisation and the best part of being involved was the people you meet and the skills you learn.

"I work with and meet all different people from all walks of life," she said.

"Everyone brings a lot of different skills that we can tap into, which is excellent.

"But it is a big ask and there is a lot involved when you're a volunteer here."

The position became hers after an election on June 16, and she officially commenced her two-year stint last Sunday.

"It's all done very properly," she said.

In two years another election will be held.

"I like to do at least a couple of years," Mrs Ashby said.

As part of the job, Mrs Ashby said she would be overseeing everything. …

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