The time has come for me to leave my role as the CEO of MSA and I felt it was important to take some time to reflect on all that we’ve achieved together during my stewardship.
As we all know, the federated structure has made it a ‘challenging’ environment at times but through that we have grown stronger and supported people living with MS which is all that matters and has ever mattered to me.
We can’t forget that MSA exists because of the contributions of the MS societies around Australia. We must continue to work together and with MS Research Australia to increase our reach and maximise our knowledge so that we can support the 23,000 people living with MS in the country.
What has MSA achieved over the last few years?
- We’ve continued to build the advocacy programme, playing an important role as part of the broader health and NGO sector in response to a tough budget for all people and representing those affected with MS, last year.
- Our digital work has increased MSA’s presence in the social media environment to support people with MS and increase recognition of the MS brand
- Most importantly, we deliver work that supports people with MS and their networks in a way that continues to allow hope for the changing face of the diagnosis
A history in pictures
While celebrating past achievements is important, so is looking to the future and planning how we will continue to deliver our strategic plan with even more energy and expertise.
I am pleased to say that it is an exciting time for MSA. The Advocacy network we are building is growing. The continued energy, passion and contribution from our volunteer National Advocates truly is well recognised. The knowledge and awareness of us as the national peak body in the national media is growing as well.
The challenge ahead is to keep learning and getting better at what we do. That’s what the Strategy and Strategic Plan seeks to achieve.
My feelings about leaving are mixed; I’m excited about the new opportunity but I’m sad because being a part of the MSA community has been such a significant part of my life since December 2012 and I will miss it.
I want to thank you all for your support and counsel and send you my very best wishes for good health and happy lives.