Featured Member – Caren Sattler
Gold Coaster, Naturally
In a place such as the Gold Coast you don’t often meet a true local. But look no further than this month’s featured member, because Caren (pronounced Cair’-en in the original old English way) remembers living at the north end of Southport, where the State Forest went from her parents’ house all the way to Nerang and cows roamed the bushland. She knew the pristine loveliness of the natural shoreline at the Spit, and the joys of messing around in a little rowboat on the beach when the old boatshed was a fine new building.
Small wonder then, that Caren has recreated a foliated ecological reserve in her own Southport backyard. She loves the sounds that evoke her childhood; of frogs and birds and rain on leaves. Of ripe mangoes dropping. Of native wildlife moving through leaf litter.
Her English parents decided, along with graziers and professionals of Queensland and beyond, that the best education for their daughter was to be got at St. Hilda’s. The Caren we see today is a product of that school motto
‘Not for Ourselves Alone’. It shows in her regular scheduled activities – volunteering at the Animal Welfare League as an Op-shop helper, as a committee member of the Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society and at the Gerda Pinter Puppet Theatre in Mackintosh Island Park, not only as a constructor of sets but also puppeteer for shows during school holidays. It was her position at the Animal Welfare league that secured clothes enough to fill the 70 meters of line on two Hills Hoists that will showcase the GCWA site at Evandale on Australia Day. (To find out how you’ll have to come.)
Now, after some time as a familiar visiting face, she is a committee member of GCWA, taking on the job of Treasurer and anything else where her practical-action skills can be useful.
Caren believes there is a book in everybody. In due course, when she ‘slows down’ she will begin the work of her memoir. By the sound of it Jackie Collins should take note.