It’s so exciting for me to have started at VMIAC. What an amazing place. I’ve been spending my time so far meeting our brilliant staff and committee of management, and becoming familiar with all our programs and activities. There’s a lot going on and I am working hard to get up to speed.
I bring to VMIAC my lived and living experience of mental Ill health and recovery, and ten years of using that experience purposefully in my work. In addition, I will be drawing on my background in community psychology and my experience in government and non government organisations to inform my leadership of VMIAC.
My vision for VMIAC is, initially, to build on all the excellent work that has gone before me, from inspired and passionate staff, committee of management, and leaders, most recently Maggie Toko and Tricia Szirom. I stand on the shoulders of giants and remain eternally grateful for the opportunities which have been created. I have a strong interest in ensuring that VMIAC is a place that nurtures and celebrates our emerging leaders.
This is indeed an exciting time of reform, and it is a critical time for VMIAC, as we advocate for and with the consumers of Victoria. There’s a part for all of us to play in this and I’d love to hear what part you’d like to play, and/or what you think VMIAC should be doing.
Extending my best wishes to you all as we find ourselves once again in the challenging times of Victorian lockdown number five.