Volunteer focus: Colleen Dillon, visitor information
Today is International Volunteers Day, and we're celebrating some of Gladstone's volunteers
HAVING retired from her hairdressing salon, Colleen Dillon quickly realised helping visitors to the Gladstone region gave her the same satisfaction as interacting with her old customers.
She started cutting hair when she was 13 years old and got her official licence the following year.
"Hairdressing wasn't a job for me. It was a passion," she said.
"I loved it, but I don't feel I have any unfinished business left.
"Hairdressing in the '60s was hard work!
"Girls would sit in the dryers for hours waiting for the styles to set.
"We did everything with pins and curlers back then."
Mrs Dillon missed the one-on-one conversations she had while hairdressing, so she started volunteering at the visitors centre.
It's there she works alongside a team of volunteers answering questions about the region to people who call or drop in.
"I meet people from all over the world, and it is really rewarding."