Director’s Notes: Helping Those Who Help Others

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is having the opportunity to help those that are focused on helping others.  Recently, Matt Snively, Director of Technology and Development for Trinity West Crisis Dispatch, contacted me about designing a commemorative patch for the organizations efforts in Queensland, Australia.

For those that are not familiar with the organization, Trinity West Crisis Dispatch (TWCD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who have experienced a disaster. Their goal is to provide relief  to those most affected, aid in the recovery process and rebuild lives and homes in devastated areas.

In January of this year, the town of Toowoomba, located in the Queensland province, came under heavy flooding, costing the lives of 35 people and causing an estimated  $ 30 billion dollars in damages. TWCD was fast to respond ; travelling to the area on January 24th to assist in the recovery effort.

In creating a patch to honor those involved in the recovery efforts there were a couple of important factors that had to be considered:

First, the tragic nature of the trip dicatated a level of respect for those  affected. Additionally , the trip had also been dedicated to the memory of one of the organization members mother, who had recently passed away. That portion of the design was achieved through careful selection of color and arrangement of the chosen design elements. Second, it was important that elements of both Queensland and TWCD were included in the design. To achieve this, I included elements of the TWCD logo as well as elements from the Queensland flag.

The Produced Badge

It was a great priviledge to work on this patch for TWCD.

If you would like to know more about TWCD and their trip to Queensland, please visit their website at I encourage you to donate to assist their heroic efforts and, if possible, donate your time.


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