October 22, 2013 15:50
in News by Nea ::
Sam has been an experienced member of the Mt Barney Lodge Outdoor Leader team since early 2012. Sam took up a position as an Outdoor Educator for the school based programs run at the Lodge, and in the surrounding Mt Barney National Park. He has been conducting inspiring programs for young people with just the right mix of education and real adventure.
As happens to all good staff, Sam was snared by a nearby outdoor education centre to take up a more secure position to allow him to save money to travel to Central America – the plan was to get a one-way ticket for an open ended adventure of a lifetime. Although Sam was likely to work for the Lodge again at some stage, catastrophic events unfolded soon after, which meant he returned to work sooner than expected!!
Two months into the Central American Adventure he fractured his L1 vertebrae. By pure luck, this wasn’t a career ending injury. The Larkin’s visited Sam in his first few days back in Australia, and after being satisfied that he had good medical care, their talk soon turned to how he could add to his skills and help in the office at weekends, as part of a graduated return-to-work program.
The long-term aim is for Sam to return to guiding and working with kids in the outdoors. This arrangement is the perfect win-win for Sam and Mt Barney Lodge …. and the perfect example of where one door closes another opens wide .. you just have to walk through it to see what is on the other side!!!
Now the office team has four voices on the phone - Sam, Nea, Tracey and Innes.