Hazel Aue - Round 1, 2017 Champion

Helping hand for computer beginners

Every week, retiree Hazel Aue freely offers her time to help people in the Annerley community take their first steps towards computer literacy.

She volunteers weekly at the Annerley Community Hub, teaching computer skills to the elderly, homeless, disadvantaged, and people who are new to Australia. Her classes have no set program. Instead, she talks to each person to find out what skills they want, and provides advice specific to their needs. Popular topics include:

  • basic computer skills
  • emails and attachments
  • anti-virus programs
  • social media
  • internet banking
  • keeping safe online
  • planning trips on public transport
  • looking up topics of interest.

Much of Hazel’s own computer knowledge is self-taught. Her interest in technology grew when she was volunteering at a nursing home and was asked by a resident’s family to help create a movie of family photos. Daunted at first, Hazel rose to the challenge and before long she was being asked to create many more movies for other families too. Realising computers weren’t as hard as she thought, Hazel went on to learn much more, including how to replace hard drives. She acknowledges that she still doesn’t know as much as she would like to about computers, and is eager to continue learning.

As a volunteer computer teacher, Hazel has provided patient and practical advice, which has helped many people gain the computer skills they need to make their lives significantly easier. Hazel finds that senior citizens in particulate relate well to her, as she is a senior member of society herself. As a digital champion, she will continue to volunteer on a weekly basis and help people feel more comfortable in the digital age.

Hazel is nominated by: West End Family Care Services Inc., trading as Annerley Community Hub.

Helping hand for computer beginners

Every week, retiree Hazel Aue freely offers her time to help people in the Annerley community take their first steps towards computer literacy.

She volunteers weekly at the Annerley Community Hub, teaching computer skills to the elderly, homeless, disadvantaged, and people who are new to Australia. Her classes have no set program. Instead, she talks to each person to find out what skills they want, and provides advice specific to their needs. Popular topics include:

  • basic computer skills
  • emails and attachments
  • anti-virus programs
  • social media
  • internet banking
  • keeping safe online
  • planning trips on public transport
  • looking up topics of interest.

Much of Hazel’s own computer knowledge is self-taught. Her interest in technology grew when she was volunteering at a nursing home and was asked by a resident’s family to help create a movie of family photos. Daunted at first, Hazel rose to the challenge and before long she was being asked to create many more movies for other families too. Realising computers weren’t as hard as she thought, Hazel went on to learn much more, including how to replace hard drives. She acknowledges that she still doesn’t know as much as she would like to about computers, and is eager to continue learning.

As a volunteer computer teacher, Hazel has provided patient and practical advice, which has helped many people gain the computer skills they need to make their lives significantly easier. Hazel finds that senior citizens in particulate relate well to her, as she is a senior member of society herself. As a digital champion, she will continue to volunteer on a weekly basis and help people feel more comfortable in the digital age.

Hazel is nominated by: West End Family Care Services Inc., trading as Annerley Community Hub.