Liz Headland awarded Earthwatch's 2008 Volunteer of the Year
At the November 2008 Earthwatch Info Night, Liz Headland was named Earthwatch's 2008 Volunteer of the Year.
In early 2008, Liz participated in her first Earthwatch expedition, heading to the Arctic to join other volunteers on Dr Peter Kershaw's Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge expedition.
Liz dealt with temperatures of -40C with an average daily temperature of -20C. She participated everyday with her team, working in the snow to collect the necessary data and helping other teams when her team finished early. Liz was also the master data collector, collecting all the data entry and collating it for team leader, Dr Kershaw.
Liz's most positive experience during the expedition involved learning about the effect of climate change on the permafrost and the Arctic environment, working with such passionate people from all around the world and seeing the Aurora Borialis.
Since returning, Liz has helped Earthwatch with media interviews and story development with marie claire magazine, has written an article for the Earthwatch eNewsletter and was the guest speaker in February 2008 at Earthwatch's Info Night, astonishingly just one day after arriving back in the country from her expedition in Canada.
Liz's passion for the environment has seen her change jobs to work with an environmental company and she continues to employ many sustainable practices at home and is a member of several environmental groups; including AWARE wildlife rescue, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Sustainability in Stonnington.
Liz's commitment in inspiring and motivating others and lively, approachable and sincere manner has assured us that she is deserves this award. Congratulatations Liz on being Earthwatch's 2008 Volunteer of the Year!
Want to learn more about Liz's experience at the Arctic? Then read more here.