Introducing Mike Naylor
UnionAID has its first paid Executive Officer, Michael Naylor, who started work in this part-time position in April.
Michael has a real commitment to our work and has been a UnionAID Solidarity donor since he got his first paid job.
He is currently studying at Victoria University for a Masters degree in development studies.
It is only five years since UnionAID was established and we are now able to move to a more sustainable structure for our growing organisation and the increasing number of projects.
Michael has settled in very quickly and is already making a very positive impact. Mike notes his impressions after 4 months in the job:
After several years as a donor and activist I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to step-up and play a greater role in growing UnionAID and its work in the Asia-Pacific region.
It has been a busy and productive start with new projects starting in Tamil Nadu and Myanmar.
I have been blown away by seeing the countless hours of work that has been put in by our volunteers and donors to get UnionAID to where it is today.
The passion and commitment of volunteers is our greatest asset and I look forward to working closely with them to keep UnionAID growing.
In June I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit our project in Tamil Nadu.
This project is an example of development at its best and it is great that UnionAID is building on this success with a further 3 year project.
The energy and vision of our project partners in Tamil Nadu was inspiring.
Their commitment to improving the lives of working people was a good reminder that by working together we can create a better world.