Meet the RAVN NSW State Representatives
RAVN State Representatives are motivated, returned Australian volunteers who voluntarily lead RAVN networking activities in their states and territories. State Representatives also engage with Australian aid initiatives and other returned volunteers as well as support the Australian Volunteers Program and grow awareness of the impact and value of volunteering.
Emily Cottman volunteered in Ulaan Baatar Mongolia in 2014, working with the National Rehabilitation and Development Centre. Emily enjoyed supporting interagency networking in Mongolia nearly as much as she enjoyed delicious khuushur (Mongolia’s answer to pasties).
Since returning to Australia, Emily has continued to support people with disabilities, focusing on inclusion and personal autonomy, seeing this as critical to ensuring meaningful contributions to their communities. She has also recently commenced a Bachelor of Paramedicine.
I was motivated to become a RAVN State Representative because I think it’s important to bring different parts of the community together, and RAVN is one way I can help with that.
Jacinta Harford recently returned from her assignment in Mongolia. Jacinta volunteered as a Communications and Media Officer and as part of her assignment helped her partner organisation to launch an app to help non-verbal Mongolians connect with their community.
Jacinta has qualifications in sociology and international relations from Auckland and Sydney universities. She now works for the NSW Department of Health as a Project Officer. Jacinta is passionate about building community connections to positively impact people's lives and volunteers locally in Sydney.
My experience as an Australian volunteer was the most valuable year of my life. I loved the contribution I was able to make to my HO and the Mongolian friends I made.