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Pictured at Foundation Shine's Mother's Day Luncheon 2016 is (left to right) Sophie, Jodee, and Sally.

It is said that the more we give, the happier we feel. This comment is perfectly suited to Sally.

Sally offered MIFSA her time and talents as a Fund Development Team member. Sally gained valuable experience and confidence in her volunteer role at MIFSA which lead to paid employment with a not-for-profit organisation interstate. Congratulations Sally and all the best from your friends at MIFSA!

I first visited MIFSA with my university class from Tabor College Adelaide. During this visit, we learned about MIFSA and the services they offer. This visit was incredibly inspiring to me, as I discovered that MIFSA's values and approach aligned with my own. From that day, I decided that I wanted to get involved with MIFSA, helping in any way I could.

Later that year, I spoke to a MIFSA employee who spoke about a specific program during my university visit. I learned about an upcoming workshop for health professionals, aimed at creating awareness and establishing inclusive practice for the LGBTIQ community and mental health. I attended this workshop and my passion for working in the field of mental health increased. It became my goal to work at MIFSA.

One day, whilst browsing the MIFSA website, I found a voluntary position for Fundraising Support. I was so excited that I applied immediately. For the next six months, I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at MIFSA. I received countless opportunities to learn, grow and develop. It was an honour to work alongside passionate and compassionate staff and participants. My biggest highlight was helping out at Foundation Shine's fundraiser for MIFSA, a High Tea at Morphettville Racecourse.

All in all, I learned a great deal volunteering at MIFSA. I gained invaluable experience, which ultimately helped me to secure a paid position within another not-for-profit organisation in Sydney. It saddened me to leave MIFSA, but my journey escorted me back to my home town – Sydney.

Some of the best aspects of volunteering at MIFSA for me were:

  • The people – both staff and participants whom are friendly and supportive
  • Being accepted and appreciated, which built my confidence and empowered me to utilise my strengths and be myself
  • The inclusive atmosphere
  • The value of lived experience
  • The strengths-based, person-centered approach
  • MIFSA's work with people with mental illness, carers, families and communities
  • Increased understanding of the mental health and not-for-profit sectors
  • Endless possibilities to learn, try new things and grow as an individual, organisation and community.

I will truly miss volunteering at MIFSA, but am privileged to remain in contact with beautiful people and very good friends still at MIFSA.

Sally Menzies

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