STAR Spotlight: Wieber Vlasveld
Wieber Vlasveld, Volunteer Driver
A couple of years ago, Wieber started as a Volunteer Driver for STAR. Wieber says, “I really enjoy helping our clients. They are like my brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunties, grandfathers and grandmothers to me. We have great conversations. STAR client’s include a great variety of people each with their individual stories.”
Wieber was born in Amsterdam, Holland. He came out to Australia with his parents in 1951 and lived in many neighbourhoods throughout Southeast Queensland. As a young student, he attended Woodridge State School and Sunnybank State High School.
After school, Wieber worked as an apprentice Cabinet Maker earning the proud starting wage of 6 pound and 10 shillings per week. Soon, he had the skills and experience to work for a kitchen cabinet business.
In 1970, Wieber married Denise Lind from Manly. They now have two beautiful daughters, named Karen and Sarah with three grandchildren.
In 1971, Wieber changed professions to work for PMG. He continued with them in a variety of roles for 37 years as their business changed to TELECOM (1975) and then TELSTRA (1995).
Ready for a change, Wieber started his own business assembling aluminium screens, louvre screens, gates, balustrades for the next eight years. It was a successful business and hard work.
After retiring, Wieber volunteered for Mudflat Toys. Mudflat Toys provides a woodworking workshop to allow volunteers to build high quality wooden toys to under privileged children. They make 33 different wooden toys which are donated to local charities, children’s institutions and other organisations like Silky Oaks, Kids with Cancer, Women’s Refuges, and Mater Hospital Auxiliary. The group was started about 20 years ago by a couple of builders. Mudflat Toys made 308 toys last year.