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A surprised and delighted Maureen Lewis humbly accepted MIFSA Life Membership at this year's Annual General Meeting.

Maureen has much experience with mental illness, and was living in Mount Gambier when her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early 1990's. Frustrated by the lack of official public services and support, Maureen established the South East Mental Illness Support Group, and became a strong advocate for change and stigma reduction, and lobbied many politicians for essential regional services.

Maureen moved to Adelaide in 2003 and accepted the role of Education Officer with the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia. She travelled state wide, drawing from her knowledge and experience, to educate communities about mental illness and to help families deal with the many challenges her own family had faced.

Maureen is held in very high regard at MIFSA, and has been described by her peers as caring, nurturing, passionate and positive. She has dedicated many years to improving the lives of carers of people with mental illness with her empathetic, yet no-nonsense approach.

Maureen officially retired from MIFSA in July 2014 after over 25 years of association and dedicated commitment as both a volunteer and employee. Maureen is not lost to our participants, carers and members, as she remains a contributor and facilitator in MIFSA's Carer Support program.

Congratulations Maureen on your well deserved recognition!

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