MEDA has awarded the following volunteers life membership due to their extraordinary commitment to MEDA:

Merrilyn Shepherd

Merrilyn has worked with Carolyn as a Volunteer Citizen Advocate for over 20 years and has been on the Committee of Management for years.

Why do you volunteer for MEDA?

I volunteer as a Citizen Advocate because I believe we all need companionship and the joy it brings and when I am with Carolyn I receive that joy fourfold.

Without family to provide warmth and fellowship people can become very isolated and it has been an honour to fill the gap as family. It is like having another niece.

What have been your volunteer roles with MEDA?

I have been on the Committee of Management for many years now and had the honour of being President. It is where I met Carolyn my partner in the program. She has been voice of those with an intellectual disability for a very long time. I was asked to help her at a time when there were changes in Carolyn’s accommodation and she was rather anxious about where she would be living in the future. We have had lots to talk about over the years.

What is one memorable time as a volunteer with MEDA?

There have been many great times but I guess one that stands out is when the decision was made to move the Committee Meetings to Carolyn’s home. To see her as our hostess and to watch her as she cared for us was a great thrill and I thank the Committee for accepting the invitation.

Chris Howell

Why do you volunteer for MEDA?

I saw this an opportunity to help those who otherwise simply “miss out” on the things we very much take for granted. I was very keen and focussed on giving something back into our local community and if that resulted in the opportunity to welcome someone from within the “MEDA Community” into my family and my network of friends then it is a pleasure and a privilege to do so.

What have been your volunteer roles with MEDA?

Many and varied: President, Committee Member, Fundraiser Member, Recruitment, Bunnings BBQ expert! And Advocate which involved advocating in times of need with Residential Staff, DHS, purchasing of equipment, organising of holidays and events.

What is one memorable time as a volunteer with MEDA?

So many positive and warm experiences. It simply makes you feel good to be alive and enjoying life that you can have such a positive impact on a lovely person like Randall.

Marcia Harriman
Ella Keesing
Julie Davison
Jane Sullivan
Carolyn Thomas
Brian Leeming
Vickie Vivian Taylor

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