Australian Business Volunteers is celebrating 40 years of operations in community development. ABV places skilled business experts – some retired, others seconded from Australian corporations – in communities overseas, and more recently in Australia, with the aim of stimulating local businesses and sharing knowledge and experience.
During the pandemic, volunteers with ABV have adapted to volunteering remotely, and have recently shared their expertise to assist rebuilding efforts within some fire-affected communities.
Life Matters producer Erica Vowles speaks with individuals on the giving and receiving end of the equation to find out how best to keep all parties involved with community development happy and fulfilled.
Liane Arno and Matt Stone, skilled business experts who have volunteered with Australian Business Volunteers for 15 years
Dr Faith Ong, lecturer in tourism and events with the University of Queensland Business School
Liz Mackinlay, CEO of Australian Business Volunteers
Betty Komes, Senior Project Officer with ABV on Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea
John Walters, Manager of Ekonomix Solar Sapphire Coast and Cobargo resident involved in rebuilding efforts following the 2019 bushfires