What do people with lived experience say about us?

“Thanks so much for all your help.  I honestly don’t know where I’d be now if it wasn’t for you.”

“Your gentle approach, calmness and understanding has helped me through the toughest of times.”

“I am absolutely extremely grateful for all of your help and guidance during a time I was psychologically exhausted.”

“I have to really thank you so so much.  Without your support I would have been lost with no direction.”

“You treated me with respect.”

“You have been really good.  You always treated me like a human.  You are my human.”

“I’ve learnt a lot in the last 3 months.  Every person and situation is so unique.  Life is full of surprises and I wish it gets better from now.”

“Thanks for sticking with me.”

“I appreciate all the help and support that you have provided me over the past year.  You have been extremely patient and understanding.”


What did some of the 2017 Commonwealth Bank of Australia Executive Manage Talent Program Participants say when asked:

In what way (if at all) has your perception or understanding of the work of non-government organisations (NGOs) changed?”

“The impressive, experienced and intelligent voices illustrated to me the powerhouse (despite small) that is behind the issue. Very sophisticated.”

“Great appreciation of the work they do but also the strategic thinking they have applied to their business.”

“More connected, greater insight to the complexity and challenges – such impressive, intelligent leadership.”

“Having been exposed to NGOs I was impressed with DVSM breadth of knowledge and in depth understanding of their challenge/issue. Their ability to articulate and relate was exceptional and above average.”

“Reiterated that committed individuals can create change in challenging environments.”


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