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Celebrating 5 Years of Dedication: Honouring ACSO’s SAS Peer Leads

April 17, 2024
Three Substance Abuse Support Peer Leads holding awards with Team Leader

In the bustling world of volunteering, there are individuals who stand out for their unwavering dedication, passion, and impact. At ACSO, we are fortunate to have such remarkable individuals among our ranks, and recently we celebrate three of our outstanding SAS (Substance Abuse Support) Peer Leads: Chris Moody, Sue McManus, and Di Moody.

We had the pleasure of bringing these three incredible volunteers together in person to present them with their well-deserved 5-year volunteer service awards. Over the past half-decade, Chris, Sue, and Di have selflessly devoted their time and energy to our cause, leaving an indelible mark on our organisation and the communities we serve.

Chris and Di Moody have been integral to the success of our SAS groups, demonstrating exceptional leadership and dedication. They have played pivotal roles in organising ACSO/Lifeline/Rotary Golf Days, with plans already underway for the next event on 27 September, 2024. Moreover, their commitment extends beyond ACSO as they actively contribute to The WES (Wellbeing and Support) initiative, serving as esteemed members of the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG).

Sue McManus, affectionately known as our “firecracker,” has been an integral part of our SAS groups since their inception. Sue’s passion for supporting families and significant others affected by substance misuse is truly inspiring. She tirelessly advocates for easier access to AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) support services, spreading awareness of our Family Program wherever she goes. As a volunteer with St. Vinnies Food Van, Sue goes above and beyond, distributing ACSO brochures and offering support to those in need.

Sue’s personal journey is intertwined with ACSO, as her son Mark McManus has a remarkable story of recovery. Mark, now a professional speaker, credits his beginnings in public speaking to ACSO’s SAS groups. His journey serves as a beacon of hope for many, inspiring positive change in our community.

As we reflect on the invaluable contributions of Chris, Sue, Di, and our other exceptional Peer Leads, we look forward to honouring more volunteers at our yearly Town Halls. Their dedication and passion exemplify the spirit of volunteering, enriching the lives of countless individuals and families across Gippsland.

At ACSO, we are immensely grateful for the tireless efforts of our volunteers. Their commitment to our mission fuels our collective drive to create positive change and support those in need. Here’s to five years of dedication, impact, and inspiration, and many more to come. Thank you, Chris, Sue, Di, and all our volunteers, for your invaluable contributions.

The Family and Carer Support Program provides guidance and support for people in Gippsland, Victoria, who have a loved one struggling with drug, alcohol, or other addictions. 

The program includes access to a peer support group, professional one-on-one support, family single sessions and counselling and education and on how abuse and dependency impact behaviour.

If you or a loved one need help, call (03) 5172-2900 from 9am-5pm on weekdays or complete our intake form. You can also find us on Facebook @fcssgippsland. 

Professional referral is not required.