Tunarama Ambassador Quest

One of the longest running charity quests in Australia!

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Lain Montgomerie

My name is Lain Montgomerie and with the support from my sponsor Glo- Good Living Organics, I am very excited to be a part of the 2015 Tunarama Ambassador Quest. I have received overwhelming support and encouragement from all over the Eyre Peninsula which I am very grateful for.

As Miss Good Living Organics I would like to say a big thank you to Shelley Woolford, who is the owner and manager at Glo, for allowing me to represent her business and for her generous support.

I was born in Streaky Bay and raised on a farm at Calca with my Mum, Dad and 3 brothers. I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to grow up on the Eyre Peninsula where we have such beautiful surroundings.  My schooling took place at Streaky Bay Area School where I received the Dux award and the Caltex All-Rounder award in Year 12. Soon after completing school I relocated to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Visual Art and Applied Design.

The Arts have always been a passion of mine and it quickly became clear to me that not only did I want to be inspired, but I especially wanted to inspire others. After the amazing experiences of travelling to Europe and Asia, I completed a Masters of Education at UniSA and began my rewarding career teaching Visual Arts, Design and Photography to Middle and Senior School students.

I have also coached Junior Netball teams, organised a Debutante Ball, school formals, school camps, art exhibitions- including online blogs, dance and drama showcases, and fundraised for a range of charities through SRC and sporting groups.

Both the opportunities to travel, and moving to Adelaide to further my study, were experiences that have helped shape who I am today; however my desire has always been to return to the Eyre Peninsula. Nothing beats the amazing coastlines, incredible sunrises and sunsets, the embracing communities, and of course, the ‘West Coast Wave’ as you pass a car on the highway!

Prior to moving to Port Lincoln with my husband in July last year, I had the pleasure of teaching at Cowell for three years. I am lucky enough to be currently teaching at St Josephs School. Assisting others in their growth and development is not only a rewarding experience, but an essential ingredient of success for future generations.

Through the 2015 Tunarama Ambassador Quest I have chosen to assist West Coast Youth and Community Support. Their service works to empower young people, individuals and families on the Eyre Peninsula to implement positive changes; enabling them access to housing, training and healthy community participation.

Through the past 4 years of working in an environment with young adults, teamed with the heart-breaking events experienced by loved ones, I have found that the stigma involved with mental illness is very real. I have seen anxiety and depression impact friends’ lives, triggered by illness, accidents, drug use, gambling addiction and low self esteem. It is highly likely that everyone in this room can relate to this as it’s documented that 1 million people in Australia live with depression, and sadly, figures indicate that the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44 was suicide in 2012. Research further shows that people with anxiety or depression are far more likely to attempt suicide, but stigma still prevents too many of these people accessing support.

West Coast Youth and Community Support’s statistics show that in March and April last year they were assisting 289 clients on the Eyre Peninsula, however they were only funded for 147. One of the top 3 presenting issues was mental health; rendering West Coast Youth and Community Support and essential service in Port Lincoln.

Through the Tunarama Ambassador Quest not only am I aspiring to raise needed funds to help West Coast Youth and Community Support, but also to assist with breaking the stigma shadowing mental illness. Part proceeds will assist our local service in offering the best support they possibly can.

Tunarama holds a rich history of fundraising for our community, and our community also boasts a rich history of generosity. I am proud to be a part of this community, as well as an entrant in the 2015 Tunarama Ambassador Quest to ensure the tradition continues.

With the invaluable support from Glo, and wonderful people near and far, I aim to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness, as well as helping to make a difference in the lives of our wonderful community.

I look forward to sharing my journey with Glo, West Coast Youth and Community Support, all of you here tonight, the wider community and the other 4 entrants – Jess, Lisa, Jodi and Isabel. I wish you all the best on your journey’s also.

Thank you

 

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