Farewell to Liz, Samantha and Ash
The Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC) Working Group were sad to say goodbye to three amazing volunteers over the past couple of months.
Our first farewell was to Liz Alexander, one of the founding members of ZBGC, who re-joined the Working Group late in 2013. Liz came to us with an interest and having been involved in agitating, activism and advocating around sex and gender diversity for the last fifteen years. She has worked in the health and community sector for many years in various roles with disadvantaged communities including queer youth, SGD communities,homeless folks and refugees and asylum seekers and has also shared her skills as a counsellor and trainer with ZBGC. Liz was a great shaker and stirrer to have within the Working Group during a difficult time of change for us all. Liz’s passion, generosity, enthusiasm and skills will be sadly missed by us all, especially as she has put in the extra mile and stayed involved with a mini ZBGC project after giving her resignation. Thank you Liz – your dedication is greatly appreciated.
We also said goodbye to Samantha Schillinger, who joined ZBGC in early 2013 and stepped into the role as Treasurer on the Working Group. Samantha brought with her all the knowledge from her university studies in a Bachelor of Accounting and an enthusiasm to share them with us all. Samantha also brought valuable skills to the Working Group and was a keen member of the ZBGC team at each of our monthly meetings. We wish you the best Samantha in this next exciting part of your life.
The final acknowledgement is to Ash Radio Pike, another founding member of ZBGC, who after seven years has decided to step down from the Working Group. Ash, we want to acknowledge you for all of your work. Ash’s role within ZBGC was almost 24-7, which really describes volunteering in community advocacy. It really is all the time – you’re always able to be contacted, you’re always thinking about it, there’s always a list of things to still get done, when you’re out for a simple good time, people hit you up with ideas, questions, advice, opinions…and it’s often thankless, so we wanted to thank you Ash, for always keeping a focus on accessibility, for your boundless enthusiasm, for your dedication, for your great sense of fun and for your kindness. You’ve done so much, and through your passion and integrity, you’ve inspired even more.
This isn’t the end of your work to create a better world, but it is the end of the ZBGC Working Group chapter. It is really important to acknowledge your achievements and just who you have been in this time – passionate, thoughtful, an amazing networker and focused on real social change. Thank you, we are going to miss you hugely.