Paul: General Manager
About 3 years ago a young man came to see me with his mother. He was very shy, very insecure, very anxious, he suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, he had recently left school and did not know what to do next. At the visit his mother did all the talking as he was such a bundle of nerves. I said he was very welcome to volunteer and to assist with the Bowling Group on Fridays.
This young man faithfully turned up for Bowling every Friday for over 3 years. He dedicated his time at Bowling to supporting Lisa. I imagine that while he was helping Lisa, Lisa would have been equally busy chatting away to him.
Last week he came to see me again, again with his mother but this time she took the back seat. He came because since Lisa’s demise he needed a new purpose in life. He will now volunteer at SCILS with our Fun and Fitness and Music Groups. In the 3 years of working with Lisa he was transformed. He now has a job at Woolworths, he is a prized staff member, he has joined a Bowling League, he regularly goes out with friends, and he is planning on moving into a unit to live independently with his Autistic friend. He was so full of confidence, so chatty and talkative, so full of plans for the future; nearly a completely different person.
Lisa’s disability, and her abilities, selflessly transformed the life of this young man. He has now absorbed some of her abilities and will help transform the lives of others at Fun and Fitness and Music.
Lisa lives on!