Volunteer Stories Martin Lewis

COTA SA Volunteer - Martin Lewis

martin lewisMartin commenced volunteering at COTA SA in May 2006 as a Peer Educator with the Seniors Quality Use of Medicines Project.

Over the years, Martin has presented sessions on a variety of topics, including; Beyond Maturity Blues, Medicines and You, Falls Prevention, Quality Use of Medicines, Advance Care Planning, Consumer Directed Care, Pills & Spills and Moving Right Along and COTA SA. Martin has facilitated 313 peer education sessions with seniors clubs and groups across the entire metropolitan Adelaide area and many country regions including; Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, Barossa Valley, South East, Mid North and Far Northern areas of South Australia.

Martin is punctual, highly skilled, influential and reliable. He is highly regarded by his fellow peer educators, COTA SA staff and in the community.

In addition to this, Martin has assisted COTA SA in other ways including; promotional stalls at community events, proof reading and reviewing our policies and documents.

Martin has also volunteered in a variety of other roles in the broader community over many years, including; volunteering with the St John Ambulance Brigade for 22 years (beginning when he was 18 years old), Apex Clubs from 1973 to 1985, various swimming clubs, at schools, on the Board of the South Australian Amateur Swimming Association and on the panel of the South West Indoor Aquatic Centre Consultative Committee which culminated in the construction of the SA Aquatic Centre at Oaklands Park.

Martin has given more than 1435 hours and over twelve years of service to COTA SA. Martin has previously received the highest level of recognition awarded to COTA SA volunteers.

Martin kindly spoke at our Volunteer Appreciation Event in May 2019, and gave us permisssion to share his talk here: he spoke on the topic of What does the Community and the Volunteer get out of Volunteerism? Read the transcript here.