'Getting help from David was a turning point in my life': new fellowship for refugees and migrants

22 February 2017

A new fellowship honours the legacy of a cherished volunteer, who worked with one of the programs we run to assist migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

David Sier volunteered as a mentor with our Brain Bank program for three and a half years before his sudden passing in September last year.

His widow, Fiona Sharkie says he touched the lives of many.

“He just wanted to help people in any useful way he could. David was a huge supporter of migrants and refugees; he truly believed they make Australia a better place,” she says.

The reflections of two of his mentees show the depth of his impact on their lives. “Getting help from David was a turning point in my life. His time and support helped me settle in Melbourne, finish my study and helped me throughout my career,” Mohamed says.“He was not only my mentor but a friend and brother that I relied on,” Justina says.

The annual David Sier Fellowship is open to people from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, currently taking part in a Brotherhood program, nominated by the Brotherhood volunteer who supports them.The Fellowship aims to help make small changes for program participants that may increase opportunities for education, training or employment.

Up to $1,000 is available to cover costs such as text books, short courses, English language support and learning to drive.

Successful applicant(s) will be announced during National Volunteer Week in May.

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