Mentally Fit EP welcomes Montgomerie to new role

APPOINTED: Jackie Hibble shows Lain Montgomerie her new office as community development officer for Mentally Fit EP.
APPOINTED: Jackie Hibble shows Lain Montgomerie her new office as community development officer for Mentally Fit EP.

West Coast Youth and Community Support has welcomed Lain Montgomerie as the new Mentally Fit EP community development officer.

Mrs Montgomerie takes over from Jackie Hibble, who has stepped down from the position for personal reasons after two years of service.

“I’ve been a part of Mentally Fit EP since it began, and (then) the opportunity came up and it was impossible to say no,” Mrs Montgomerie said.

West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Jo Clark welcomed Mrs Montgomerie into the role and said it was always Kirsty Traeger’s dream that anyone in the role would be someone who was connected to the program, as Mrs Hibble had been.

Mrs Hibble said she would continue to be involved and hoped to continue delivering courses including Mental Health First Aid.

“I love Mentally Fit EP’s mission and want to be a part of furthering that, but hopefully in a different capacity,” she said.

Mrs Clark said it was sad to see Mrs Hibble leave but was happy that she wanted to continue to be involved.

“West Coast Youth and Community Support is devastated to see Jackie go but every day we talk about the balance between work, life and daily stresses so the organisation is very supportive of Jackie’s decision and is glad to see she will still be involved in some capacity,” she said.

Mrs Montgomerie said the program would continue to deliver its services and be a voice for mental wellness.

One focus will be on the Life’s a Circus Gala Ball, which is planned for October 13 in Tumby Bay.