30 years of volunteering

By Sonia Isaacs

LAST week Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre’s longest serving ambassador, Rodger Thomson, marked 30 years of sharing his passion for the Sunshine Coast with visitors from all over the world.
As the longest serving and eldest volunteer ambassador, the still sprightly 91 year old said he had always had a keen interest in tourism and experiencing new places.
Speaking previously to GC&M News, Mr Thomson said he had enjoyed a rich background in tourism that included working for Ansett and P&O cruises. He said he had been fortunate to have worked extensively in the travel industry and travel to every continent (except Antarctica) during his lifetime.
“Working as a tourist ambassador, meeting people from all over the place and volunteering keeps me young at heart!” Mr Thomson said.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Matt Stoeckel, said volunteers like Rodger Thomson made an enormously valuable contribution to the local economy.
“You really can’t underestimate the importance of an authentic experience of meeting a local who can share the ‘secret spots’ as well as simpler but critical information such as the opening hours and best directions for a tourism attraction,” Mr Stoeckel said.
Mr Thomson has proven to be a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the landmarks, attractions, stories and history of the local region.
A celebration party was held in his honour at the Glasshouse Visitor Information Centre on Wednesday May 8.