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Stories of Volunteering: Shelby

Shelby tells us why she loves to volunteer, discusses how she spends her PS Community Service Day, and shares how volunteering has impacted her life.

Shelby Robinson
Shelby Robinson

How do you spend your PS Community Service Day?

I help people thrive by contributing my skills, my experience, and my compassion to the communities that I am most passionate about supporting.

Why do you choose to volunteer?

I grew up in a family where I was encouraged to help people who weren't as privileged as I was.

What is one thing you’ve learned from your volunteer experience?

I find you learn a great deal when you volunteer. It's a situation where you're out of your depth, where you get to meet people from different walks of life that you normally wouldn't, and get exposure to different experiences and perspectives outside of your bubble.

How has volunteering impacted your life?

It’s taught me humility and gratitude and the value of being in service to others.  Every time I've volunteered, I’ve further developed my ability to connect with people. I think it’s some of the best bootcamp sales training to head out on the street, shaking a can at strangers, to raise funds for charitable organizations. It’s incredibly humbling and also an opportunity to cast out your pride and inhibitions to step out and up for others.

How did you get started with volunteering?

I grew up in a tight community where my mum was very active in the community and there were regular events and drives that the whole family got involved in. As a kid I got exposed to contributing in a variety of ways from making things to sell at fetes, collecting cans, raising sponsorships or knocking on doors to support everything from the drought in Ethiopia or responding to a natural or man-made disaster to supporting more local environment or charitable groups like the Salvation Army or Clean Up Australia Day or Plant a Tree day.

What does it mean to you to work for a company that supports volunteerism?

I love working for a company that has an enduring commitment to contribute to the community. Our Sapient Gives Back days show respect for each of us as individuals and empowers us to support & contribute to our communities in the way which is most personally meaningful.

Shelby Robinson
Shelby Robinson
Director of People Strategy
Shelby is the Director, People Strategy for Publicis Sapient Australia based in Sydney. Shelby has over 20 years’ experience working across the Finance, IT and Marketing & Communications industries. Shelby has three daughters and has lots of experience in managing her own career and personal roles and supporting others through their own journeys. She is an active advocate for increased diversity and improved diversity management who crochets and binge-watches The Walking Dead when everyone else is asleep.

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