21 October 2021
Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains)—I want to pay tribute to one of the Blue Mountain's most tireless and compassionate community workers. Suzie Van Opdorp has a long history of supporting vulnerable members of my community, most notably victim-survivors of domestic violence, those experiencing housing stress and homelessness and those struggling with mental health challenges. I was fortunate to have Suzie on my staff for six years where she provided advocacy, advice and practical assistance to countless constituents. Regularly going above and beyond the call of duty, Suzie always maintained an amazing level of calm and compassion. Recent Suzie supported the Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre as Acting Manager while in her own time providing personal support and advocacy to local women facing homelessness. She recently started a new role with the 'Head to Health' Pop Up Mental Health Service supporting those whose mental health is suffering because of the current COVID-19 situation. After so many years of giving, Suzie just continues to give. I thank her for this selflessness - for her big heart and fierce advocacy which makes such a difference to the lives of others – and for her friendship and support.