Asher is a worthy nomination for the Changemaker Awards, as he exemplifies the very essence of a changemaker through his unwavering commitment to community service and his remarkable dedication to making a difference. At the age of 24, he is an amazing example of someone who actively engages in various community organizations within the Jewish Community and beyond.
Asher’s journey as a changemaker began at a young age when he joined Marine Rescue NSW at just 16 years old, becoming one of the youngest ever Marine Rescue volunteers. He is continually upskilling and has completed over 6 courses such as Certificate 1 in Maritime Operations, Basic and Advanced First Aid, Fight Fire at Sea, Sea Survival to name a few. His enthusiasm and passion for safeguarding vessels and lives have been a testament to his commitment. Asher’s contributions in this capacity have ensured the safety of countless individuals who venture out into the waters.
Beyond his maritime endeavours, Asher has dedicated seven years to the Community Security Group, where he served as a unit commander for the first five years, showcasing strong leadership and organizational skills. For the past two years, he has been working in the control room, orchestrating efforts to maintain community security. His service in this role has been instrumental in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community.
Unbelievably, Asher’s volunteering commitments also include the protection of his community against the ever-present danger of bushfires. As a member of the Killara brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service unit for the last 2.5 years, he has completed more than 8 training modules, giving up a day each weekend for training. He’s an accredited Bush and Village Fire Fighter and Rural Fire Driver and Off Road Driver. He holds an executive position in his brigade as Community Engagement Officer where he is responsible for organising all community events and programs. His readiness to defend the community against bushfires, potentially putting his own safety at risk, is a testament to his unwavering commitment to community welfare.
At the same time as these 3 community volunteering roles, Asher also works full time as a Project Manager for an engineering company having completed a bachelor’s degree in project management and construction 3 years ago, with first class honours.
Asher is an extremely modest person despite his achievements but his multifaceted involvement in these community organizations in addition to full-time work, reflects his incredible passion for making a positive impact. His willingness to step up, his leadership, and his dedication, serve as an inspiration to others, motivating them to get involved and become changemakers in their own right.