Message from the EO, Petra Begnell
After five years of growing and developing ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau, North East Healthy Communities will hand over management of ReSPIN to Banyule Community Health on July 1. This means that ReSPIN will sit with other gambling prevention and support programs already at Banyule Community Health – Peer Connection, Gamblers Help, and other peer support / lived experience programs. I know that Banyule Community Health are as committed to making a difference to the public’s understanding of gambling harm as we are, and anticipate a smooth transition of business and minimal impact on our ReSPIN Volunteer Speakers.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with the forty brave and generous ReSPIN Volunteer Speakers, and the ReSPIN Coordinators who have gone above and beyond to support the program and volunteers – specifically Kate Somerville, Gabi Byrne, Erin Burton, and Chandana Rao. Thanks and recognition should also go to two amazing women who had the vision and conviction to start ReSPIN – Susan Rennie and Julie Watson.
Thank you also to our volunteers: for the opportunity to learn from you, for your commitment to ReSPIN, for your willingness to share and also to celebrate ReSPIN’s amazing achievements.
I will continue to follow and support ReSPIN and wish our volunteers all the very best.
Petra Begnell, EO North East Healthy Communities.
North East Healthy Communities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.