Getting to know - Megan

Getting to know our volunteers –

Megan Megan Williams has been volunteering with BREAZE for about five years. Megan is always keen to assist with planning and helping at workshops for Smart Living Ballart in the Library or spend time at the BREAZE Farmers’ Market Stall by Lake Wendouree.

 

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with Megan Williams

 

Q: Firstly, where did you grow up?

Megan: I grew up in Ballarat, a lot of my childhood was spent out on a 5 acre hobby farm in Smythes Creek, and then when I was about 15 we moved into Ballarat. I moved down to Melbourne for Uni at RMIT and then travelled for about two years and worked in Canada, Vancouver Island and then to London and Edinburgh. I moved back to Ballarat in about 2007.

Q: What is the one best thing for you about living in the Ballarat region?

Megan: It is good having my family nearby and the familiarity of the place, although Ballarat is developing and changing quite a bit. Most people mock Ballarat’s cold weather, but I do like the defined seasons and I don’t mind the cold. It’s good to get around as well.

Q: Tell me about your involvement in BREAZE and the main activities you have been involved in over the years?

Megan: I first started volunteering when BREAZE was in the shop in Lydiard St. Since then I have helped out with Smart Living Ballarat in the Library and I also volunteer at the Farmers’ Market. I have met a range of people in BREAZE and was inspired to do the Permaculture Course in 2014. This really opened my eyes about the different ways of approaching the environment. I am interested in doing more vegetable growing and have recently been propagating seeds, which has been lovely when they germinate.

Q: Have you a favourite national park, or favourite place?  Tell me about it, why it is special to you?

Megan: I generally like all sorts of places when travelling and exploring in general. When I was travelling overseas for the two years, I really enjoyed Canada and Vancouver Island, we spent seven months in Victoria [main town on Vancouver Island] and did lots of hiking, etc. We caught buses and ferries and explored the variety of islands of the area. We also took the trip across the Rocky Mountains on the train – the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’, which was really lovely.

Q: Do you have a favourite cuisine or restaurant and what is your favourite dish?

Megan: I actually follow a Vegetarian diet and enjoy a wide range of vegetarian dishes. I particularly like different curries and I also like Thai food, I quite like spring rolls [laughs]. In winter I love to make lentil soups, which are very hearty and warming and nutritious - yum.

Q: Do you have a favourite sport you like to play or watch or a favourite team?

Megan: I am not really a follower of sports like football, etc, but I do like riding my bike and getting around town, (weather permitting!). I also like Yoga and do a lot of walking. Lately I have been thinking about learning to play tennis. I think Roger Federer is an inspirational sportsperson, so have been thinking about taking this up.

Q: What environmental issue do you feel most passionate about?

Megan: I feel renewables are really important, like solar and wind. I’ve been thinking that it I would like to install solar panels and be as self-sufficient as possible, if/when I get my own place. I have always recycled things and reused equipment. I don’t like to be wasteful and throw things away. I will always try and get things repaired, rather than buy a new thing, even though it can be cheaper to buy a new one then to repair something, but I would rather reduce waste and consumption.

Q: What is most rewarding thing about volunteering for you?

Megan: It is great to meet new people with a common interests, I like the Farmers’ Market as you meet lots of shoppers at the BREAZE Stall. I think the social aspect of volunteering is good.

Q: Finally, if you had a magic wand and could have ultimate say about the future of Australia, what one action would you make happen?

Megan: I think it would be great if the Australian Government would make renewables a priority, and take the politics out of it. Set up a Department which will focus on renewable energy with the aim to make Australia self-sufficient.

Thanks to Megan for sharing a bit about her life, ideas and interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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