I have been mentoring in our Girrawheen Chapter on a weekly basis for about 5 years now. I have also been on the Board as Vice President since incorporation, helping in many varied ways including strategically, administratively and ensuring Police Clearance and Working with Children compliance.
This is why I mentor:
I have been retired for a number of years and I find mentoring helps keep me mentally active whilst giving me the altruistic satisfaction of helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve better outcomes in their life through education and friendship.
I myself come from a single parent upbringing, living in a state house. Fortunately for me, I had a caring mother who wanted me to have a better life than her
and who valued the importance of education as an enabler. With her guidance I was able to achieve a level of education denied to many of today’s children for one reason or another. I now want to help enable some of these children to be the best they can, by being a worthy role model, friend and an adult they can trust.
On the selfish side, I really enjoy working with these kids and I get a great deal of pleasure out of it.