After serving as the Victorian State Director for five years, it’s with mixed emotions that I’m writing to let all ACL supporters know that I’ll be finishing up at the ACL at the end of the year. I’m taking on a new challenge with Wesley Mission Victoria as General Manager – Advocacy & Relationships in the new year.
I first met Jim Wallace almost 10 years ago, while I was pastoring a local church and we quickly found common ground in wanting to see a reasoned and balanced voice for Christian values in society, especially in the vitally important area of politics. For too long this voice had either been silent or shrill. It was a joy to find someone who understood the complex and difficult terrain of Australian politics and was unafraid to enter the fray. Perhaps that SAS training (Jim’s not mine!) paid off.
There have been many highlights over the past five years, but I would have to rate seeing the Equal Opportunity legislation rolled back earlier this year to some semblance of reasonableness as one of them. Participating in numerous Meet Your Candidate Forums has been fun as was the highly successful Make It Count prior to the 2010 Victorian election. I have been privileged to speak in countless churches over this time, and have found that wherever people who love God come together, there He is in their midst.
This new role with WMV involves advocating for justice, especially for the disadvantaged, “the least of these” in our community. So I will still be dealing with government and the church, albeit with a slightly different focus. One of the things I have enjoyed at ACL is the terrific relationships I have been able to develop over the last few years. My passion for justice and righteousness remains strong, and the challenges of the role appeals to me greatly.
It's been a pleasure to serve as Victorian Director of the ACL and I will miss the work and the personal support I've received from ACL supporters - thank-you.