Why did you join ACPA as a volunteer community ambassador?
It helps to better your community, and it also helps to better you as an individual.
What kind of activities do you do in your role as a volunteer community ambassador?
As an Advance Care Planning Australia volunteer community ambassador I’m involved in establishing and supporting community awareness of advance care planning.
This may occur through information sessions and presentations, the national advisory phone line service, shared stories, education and also direction for people to find online resources.
How has your professional and /or life experience prepared you for your work with ACPA?
As a funeral director, I’ve seen the importance of planning ahead. I see families at their worst when it comes to talking about death and making funeral arrangements for their loved ones. So, planning ahead with advance care planning can help make it easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
What makes you a good ACPA volunteer community ambassador?
I believe volunteer work increases your trust in others, reduces stress, increases your self-esteem and adds a new level of purpose to your life.
A good ACPA volunteer community ambassador I believe holds strong leadership skills and they lead from the front, setting a great example, along with having great communication skills, intuition, respect for everyone’s beliefs and backgrounds, commitment and appreciation for life.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the ACPA team?
The variety of the role and the amazing people!
What have you learned in your time with ACPA?
No conversation is better had when you’re sick.
We need to discuss these issues when we are fit and healthy, so we can take the emotion out of it. Then we can learn not just what is important, but why it’s important.
What I’ve learned from this experience is you can’t leave it to chance.