Marion moves on

South Western Times

Marion Myles has spent the past eight years helping Bunbury people out of crisis situations, but yesterday she said goodbye to her job at the Salvation Army.

The Bunbury Salvation Army crisis care coordinator retired after more than 30 years working with the organisation.

Ms Myles joined the Salvation Army after she was the recipient of a Christmas hamper.

Since then she has helped countless people escape the situation she once found herself in.

She said the key to working in crisis care was to avoid judgment.

“Life is what you make it and you need to have a positive attitude, ” she said.

“I don’t judge anyone, to me everyone is equal.

“It’s good to help and give if you can, ” she said.

Retirement will not see Ms Myles disappear from the community.

“I’m going to head up north and over east to visit family for a while, but I’m going to join the RSL, and I’ll still be out and about in the community.

“You can’t retire from everything, or life would get boring.”

Ms Myles said she was sad to be leaving the work she did with the Salvos, but was looking forward to retirement.

“I’m excited and sad, ” she said.

“I’m going to really miss my volunteers, they are the most wonderful people on God’s earth.”

Ms Myles said she had seen Bunbury’s population expand and the problems associated with that.

The population in Bunbury has at least doubled in the time I’ve been here and when the population grows, the need grows, ” she said.

“It just evolved enormously, ” she said.

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