What was your background before volunteering with Advance Care Planning Australia? 

I have worked in infant teaching, as a trained group facilitator, adult educator with a focus on loss and grief, as a marriage and funeral celebrant and also in pastoral care in hospital and school settings.  

What led you to become a volunteer? 

I have been a volunteer for more than 40 years. This began when I volunteered to work in a Citizens Advice Bureau in 1976. In my time as a volunteer I have established and volunteered in a local community centre, established and coordinated a home care service in the local area, trained volunteers with the Victorian Trainers Association and served on the inaugural board of the Victorian Women’s Trust. I currently volunteer with Advance Care Planning Australia, VCC Emergencies Ministry and Ambulance Victoria. 

What is your favourite part of volunteering?    

  • Bringing together my professional skills and my volunteering in a way that benefits others and enriches my life.  

  • The people I have met and the friends I have made. Four of these friends and I have been having dinner together once a month for 34 years.  

What’s one thing you wish more people knew about advance are planning? 

Advance care planning allows you to be in charge of your own health care choices and takes pressure off your family in the event they are asked to make a medical decision for you in the future.   

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