Bev is another of Sands Queensland’s long time members and volunteers who has contributed an enormous amount of her time and skills, helping to shape Sands into the organisation that it is. Her hard work and dedication to ensuring Sands Queensland is a supportive place for bereaved parents has been her greatest gift to Sands in memory of her daughter Rosalie and son Andrew.
‘I joined Sands in Western Australia shortly after Rosalie died and the support I received there kept me afloat through those first very hard six months. I strongly believe in the principle of mutual support – we don’t come to Sands as clients in a subordinate role – we are all bereaved parents who support each other. Therefore it was natural for me to keep involved with Sands so that newly bereaved parents would be helped as I had been helped.’
Bev has been involved in many aspects of Sands Queensland and is always a strong advocate for what we do – parents supporting parents.
‘Over the years I took on more management responsibilities, serving as President of Sands Qld for a number of years but I have always maintained a link to direct support because it keeps me in touch with why we exist – to help bereaved parents navigate the journey of grief. Now I facilitate the monthly evening support meetings in Brisbane.’
We asked Bev what volunteering for Sands Queensland has given her, and she said, ‘A lot of worry and sleepless nights and deep satisfaction that it’s been worthwhile and has helped other people.’
Sands Queensland can not thank you enough Bev for all you have done.