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Companion Newsletter - Autumn Edition 2014

A Message from the Good Grief Board Chair
Dear Trainers and Companions,
It is with sadness that we say farewell to Sister Mary Ellen as Chief Executive Officer of Good Grief as she takes up her role of Regional Leader NSW of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart on 19th March.
On behalf of the Board, Management and staff I wish to thank Mary Ellen for her leadership of Good Grief for the past seven years. Through her commitment, passion and energy for people challenged by change, grief and loss Mary Ellen has provided outstanding leadership that has enabled Good Grief to respond to those most in need of our programs. Mary Ellen has always gone the “extra mile” and her deep commitment to the development and provision of high quality education programs has benefited many people in urban, rural and remote communities. We will miss her very much and we wish her every blessing in her new leadership role. 
Times of transition and change are difficult.  I want to assure you that the Board of Directors hopes to steer a smooth succession towards the appointment of a new CEO. We will keep you informed at each step as we journey together into future.
The Board has asked Mr Kerry Stirling to take on the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer effective Monday 3 March to ensure that everything keeps running smoothly at Good Grief. We are grateful that Kerry has accepted this role and assure him of the Board’s support as he manages this time of transition.
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Kerry Stirling or with myself at
On behalf of the Board and the Sisters I want to thank each of you for your ongoing involvement and support of Good Grief.
With my gratitude and prayers
Sr. Therese Carroll rsj
Board Chair,  
Good Grief Ltd

A Message from the CEO
As I take my leave of Good Grief, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to each member of the National Office Team, Kerry Stirling, Melinda Phillips, Karen Muir rsj, Fiona McCallum, Helen Jardine and Nicole Romain, our state and regional coordinators, Patricia Williams rsj, Jeanette Foxe rsj and Benita Tait. Each one brings to his or her respective role a deep understanding of the importance of and dedication to what they do in providing support to children, young people and adults challenged by change, loss and grief.  I would also like to thank each Trainer and Companion for your passion and commitment to our various programs that daily make a difference to people’s lives.  Together we have achieved much and while I leave with a heavy heart, I believe the foundations have been laid for a future full of hope. 
Wishing you every blessing,
Mary Ellen O’Donoghue rsj