Over the next eight months, six lucky QRA members will be spreading their wings and heading overseas to further develop connections with their international counterparts, sharing stories and experiences working as a ranger in Queensland.
First to pack her bags is QRA Vice-chair Jolene McLellan — heading for the Solomon Islands in October. She will be crossing the Coral Sea to be part of an historic event when 30 Solomon Island rangers from the nine different provinces in the Solomon Islands will meet for the very first time.
Her mission, in conjunction with the University of Queensland, The Thin Green Line Foundation and Global Leadership Foundation, will be to develop connections with the Solomon rangers, helping further develop the Solomon Island Ranger Association and provide essential ranger skills training.
During May next year, QRA secretary Scott Bolden, Tim Devlin, Jules Holland and district representatives Paul Lawless-Pine and Greg Keith, will make the longer voyage attending the 8th World Rangers Congress in Estes National Park, Rocky Mountains, Colorado. They will awake to their own American Dream rubbing shoulders with over 400 rangers from 30 or more countries, including our new friends from the Solomon Islands.
During these two exciting ventures, not only will the QRA internationally showcase the fantastic work that has been done over the past two decades, but these six lucky people will have the opportunity to do what the QRA does best … rangers helping rangers!