Let us introduce our Nature Freedom Marketing Team
Do you enjoy any of Nature Freedom’s activities, websites, and branding designs? Have you ever wondered how they are done? This blog post will be bringing the lovely Nature Freedom Marketing Team out backstage and introducing their experiences and opportunities that come with working for an organization focused on inclusion and diversity.
Zara Craggs – Marketing Coordinator
My name is Zara, and I am Nature Freedom’s volunteer Marketing Coordinator. I am currently in my final year of studying a Bachelor of Business (International) at the Queensland University of Technology and while studying and my classes are great, I was looking for something more. In late 2020, I was lucky enough to meet one of Nature Freedom’s board members, Liesl at a university Networking Night and this was the beginning of my story at Nature Freedom.
Since then, I’ve worked on two website redesigns, reinvigorated our social media outreach – including the creation of our Instagram page and helped form a marketing team. This experience has helped me to learn so much about myself, social enterprises, and the disability sector, the rewards, and challenges that come when working in a small team, and allowed me to cultivate the skills I’ve learned at uni.
One of my favorite experiences with Nature Freedom was when I went on an inclusive paddle in Shorncliffe. To experience first-hand the joy, we bring as an organization, and the beauty of our local environment was really rewarding and only increased my belief in the work we do.
Nature Freedom has experienced so much growth since I first joined the team, and I am so proud to be a part of that journey. With that said, I can’t wait to see where we go next!
Trinity Chau – Web Coordinator
I am Trinity, a digital marketer and market researcher from QUT who started helping with Nature Freedom at the end of 2021. Since then, it has been my honor to witness the rapid growth in this lovely and caring community.
As an international student from Hong Kong, studying and working in Brisbane has always given me both the blessings and challenges. During COVID times especially, it greatly challenged my life here without much support from my family, and I felt the social and mental isolation and anxiety. When I was seeking a way out, I came across Nature Freedom and its value of bringing inclusiveness and support in finding your passion. I longed for the support of a good community, and therefore, I reached out to Mathew and Zara, and they did not disappoint me.
I love this small marketing team where everyone shares the same value – growing and caring. The amount of marketing, designing, and organizing skills I have learned from the team is immense. Since then, I have been helping out with Nature Freedom website and social media content creation and the fundraising event at Bunnings.
Even though we could only see each other online most of the time, it gives a great sense of comfort to be included in a team. I am glad to be part of Nature Freedom and to be able to contribute.
Stephanie Faber – Graphic Designer
My name is Stephanie (or Steph), and I am a Graphic Designer. Here is a bit about me; and how I came to be involved with Nature Freedom.
It was around the age of 9 or 10 when I began feeling that I was different from the other kids in my class. A couple of years later, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (or high-functioning Autism), and that, explained so much about myself. My life changed immensely after that.
Although I received a lot of support in reaching university and completing my Bachelor of Creative Writing, finding a job remained challenging. I did not have the same level of support that I had received during my degree, and having Autism was a significant barrier. I decided to expand my qualifications by studying for an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, but this was a highly competitive industry, made even harder to navigate by disability.
My mum was who first discovered the Volunteer Graphic Designer position at Nature Freedom. I applied because I can relate to both Mathew and Nature Freedom’s participants. I want to support others like myself who live with disabilities. Even more so when the organization also focuses on protecting the environment, another value of mine.
In the last few months, I have had the chance to utilize my skills in creating new logos, graphics, and content for Nature Freedom’s website and social media, which I find very enjoyable and satisfying. I have also received the opportunity to learn more about social media and websites through the NDS Digital Solutions program. I believe it is important for Graphic Designers to broaden their skill base, and I am finding the program very informative (though there can be a lot to take on at once!)
A few weeks ago, I was able to attend my first proper event for Nature Freedom, a Sausage Sizzle at Manly West Bunnings. I was a bit nervous going into it since I do not have a lot of experience or confidence in doing customer service, but I did end up enjoying myself. The afternoon was relatively laid-back, and it was interesting observing people’s preferences in sauces. In the next few months, I hope to attend a paddling event as well. I keep seeing all the photos of everyone paddling after each event, and I’m looking forward to finally taking part myself.
Belinda Harris – Brand Ambassador
In my role as an advocate, I am passionate about ensuring that all people have equal rights and access to the world around them. Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of Australia and around the world. Experiencing the tourism industry as a disabled person has left me passionate about making it more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. It was this passion that led me to pursue education and research in tourism.
In 2019, I graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) with a major in Marketing, where I studied accessible tourism extensively. Furthering my research in accessible tourism, I am currently completing an honours research thesis on the barriers and opportunities to providing accessible adventure tourism experiences.
In my role as a brand ambassador for Nature Freedom, I strive to develop a strong understanding of the core values of the brand and represent those values consistently to help build a solid brand identity. During my free time I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, going to music festivals and concerts and dancing in mosh pits, and spending time with my family.
Becoming part of Nature Freedom
Want to bring influence and inclusion to the local community? Here in Nature Freedom, everyone believes in creating opportunities for everyone to experience nature in a world without barriers.
Join us by expressing your volunteer interest here. Provide support to our team through donation and fundraising.