CHANGE FOR SAM TAKING SHAPE
The Change for Sam Initiative has taken a significant step forward, with the recent appointment of Pam Parker as Project Co-ordinator.
The position is funded by the State Government through Family Safety Victoria. “I feel honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to support the Change for Sam Initiative and effect some real change for Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region, and I look forward to sharing our progress with the community,” said Pam this week.
Pam brings substantial experience in the family violence sector to this role, and is tasked with supporting the Change for Sam Initiative and the broader community with the implementation of a co-ordinated action plan to proactively prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women and children in the Bass Coast region.
The Initiative was formed by a group of community members and family violence service providers in the wake of the tragic death of local Phillip Island resident Samantha (Sam) Fraser.
Sam was a much-loved community member, local psychologist, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many.
Sam is remembered for being a warm, wonderful, kind, caring and strong woman who was passionate about addressing the challenges faced by women when seeking support due to family violence.
The Change for Sam Initiative is supported by Sam’s parents and, in addition to the action plan, a logo has been lovingly developed by Sam’s family and friends in honour of Sam. “The lavender logo represents the positive and passionate person we remember in Sam”, said Sam’s friend Lija Matthews.
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