Presidents 2023 Holiday Season Message

2023 is almost over. and in spite of the ‘busy-i-ness’ that overlays this December-New Year period, many of us find ourselves secretly reflecting on where has this year gone.?

Pausing and reflecting, I sense we continue to adapt despite the fear factors that bombard us: the daily news;  hearing about families suffering financial stress; people and loved ones experiencing health changes, and our planet that shift and changes – sometimes without warning. It is often challenging to think and act positively.

It is community organisations like Drummoyne Community Centre and R U OK? that are nurturing a trend that crosses cultural boundaries, and encourages people from all walks of life to reach out, connect and speak openly of topics that were often considered private, such as personal passions, loneliness, and anxieties. We all have our own ways of dealing with life – whether this be through faith, our hobbies, personal values and when these are threatened, linking to professional organisations or our community networks are what will support us while we heal or build our own resilience.

Whatever is happening, as my dear 94-year-old mother recently reminded me, “Life goes on.” And it does. Time stops for no one, but it can be reassuring to consider that what we are doing can morph time; with a nod to Einstein, “A minute for a person sitting on a hot stove is different to a minute for two lovers kissing.”

May I encourage you to tap into whatever source of love, hope and peace you know that encourages and sustains you. Keep that close by you this holiday season.

On behalf of the Drummoyne Community Centre Staff and Management Committee may I wish you and your loved ones the peace that all human hearts crave. However you choose to spend this holiday time, may that restore and refresh you ready for 2024.

Adele Henty


Should anyone need to access professional help during the DCC closure period, we encourage you to reach out to these helpful services:

Lifeline 13 11 14

NSW Domestic Violence helpline 1800 656 463

Mensline 1300 789 978

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Carer Gateway – 1800 422 737

Health Direct – 1800 022 222 – Advice is provided by registered nurses 24/7 when you’re not sure what to do — whether you should see a local GP, manage the condition at home, or go to an emergency department.

Beyond Blue phone 1300 22 46 36

The NSW Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511

QLife Australia (LGBTIQIA) 1800 184 527