Financial Counsellor at Lifeline Broken Hill – Country to Coast, Sherrie Wilkins, is leaving the organisation after 18 years in the role, with the staff putting on an event in celebration of her time at Lifeline and her support for the Broken Hill community.
Ms Wilkins told the Barrier Truth she’s appreciated her time at the organisation, was proud of what she’s been able to do to help make the service better for the community.
“Eighteen years ago the financial counselling service was small and unknown, so it needed to be built up because it’s such a fantastic service,” she told us.
“Over the years I have done some wonderful things. I’ve flown with the Flying Doctor, I have been out on work trips with other services and we’ve travelled around the bush, so it’s been a fantastic journey.
“It’s about spreading about the word, and it’s been really, really, exciting, and never dull. Financial counselling’s a great career and I’ve been lucky to work at Lifeline where they have supported me.
“I was so shocked, I didn’t expect this sort of celebration. But I don’t know whether they’re happy I’m going, that could be what they’re celebrating, I’m not sure,” she laughed.
“No, but it’s been wonderful and Lifeline are a wonderful servicing community. And that’s what Lifeline is all about, is just about community.”
Lifeline Broken Hill – Country to Coast CEO, Scott Hammond, said Ms Wilkins had achieved a lot for the people of Broken Hill.
“At the same time that it’s a sad day for us knowing that her journey with Lifeline comes to an end, we’re excited for her and appreciate all that effort that she’s put into not only Lifeline but supporting our community and now gets to be able to spend some really quality time with her family and grandchildren,” he said.
“I think one of the standouts throughout the 18 years is that Sherrie’s been somebody that has not only been a support and a great work colleague, but she’s done a tremendous job for so many people in the community and supported so many people.
There’d be thousands of people in Broken Hill who are now better off because of the work that Sherrie’s put into supporting them through some of the most challenging times they’ve faced in their life when they’ve come up against financial difficulties.”