It’s hard to be a philanthropist without millions of dollars to splash around.
But then again, you don’t necessarily have to be a millionaire to enrich the lives of others.
Moree Secondary College teacher, Jason Auld always had his sights set on helping others, and while his bank balance ruled out his first career choice, philanthropy, a career in education came in at a close second.
“There is no greater feeling knowing I can enrich someone else’s life through the power of education.”
“It still amazes me at times that an education really is the most powerful weapon a person can have, and to steal from the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘in opening the world beyond the normal restraints of society’.”
“That education can change the lives of generations of people, it truly is a wonderful thing,” Mr Auld smiles, his enthusiasm infectious.
A Coffs Harbour local, Mr Auld was enticed west when his wife took up a position in Moree in 2006.
Upon completing his first degree, a Bachelor of Education, at the University of Armidale, Mr Auld took up a position at Moree Secondary College from 2008 to 2009, before returning again in 2013.
“The opportunities I have had coaching sporting teams, the change to organise great excursions for our students, the support to try new programs and the willingness of people to help our students achieve success is a source of constant inspiration during my time at Moree Secondary College.”
However, he said nothing compared to the inspiration drawn from his students, who he described as ‘just truly awesome kids.’
Currently the Year 10 adviser, PBL Coordinator and HT Wellbeing teacher, Mr Auld has embraced everything Moree has to offer.
A Member of the Moree Race Club Committee and keen touch footballer and fisherman, he is now also raising three young daughters in Moree.
“Without a willingness to be involved in community life, it’s impossible to enjoy the full scope of our great town, and I’m excited to get involved and see our children grow into great little humans in this wonderful environment.”
Having helped guide a number of year groups through their final years of education now, Mr Auld believed it was vital for a student to be his or her harshest critic.
“Life is hard without choices, and the only person you have to prove yourself to is the one you look at in a mirror so be your harshest and truest critic, and don’t judge someone unless you have stood in their shoes.”