(2014-2020). Recollections by Steven Parker.
During this early time the centre experienced a big shake up in some long term volunteers leaving for various reasons to start another group. But as always the centre rolled along with with our volunteers doing what we always do, opening the 2 days a week plus mentoring nights. It is always important that the committee moves forward as a single unit to benefit all at the centre. During 2016 we continually upgraded the centre where we could. We brought new uniform chairs for the mediation and reading tables. We also brought new healing tables to replace some of the ancient ones we had. Healing nights were started with Dot Sweeting organising and Malcolm Bell running them and other healers sometimes helping. The nights proved popular and steady clients would always come in for a healing. We regularly put ourselves out to promote the centre on such events such as the Tanks Festival, Yungabarra and Palm Cove Peace day to name a few. Pam Burns our social director organised a lot of activities outside the centre to keep us sane and provide us with some laughs. Some memorable ones were the boat cruise up the inlet, Ten Pin Bowling as well as night lawn bowls.
In 2017/18 we celebrated the centre 30th birthday with a monster open day. We had tents and people everywhere, events, mediation, readings, coffee van, all organised and keep in order by the lovely secretary Dot Sweeting. This great effort by all involved allowed the centre to celebrate our beginnings, reconised its new life members as well as making valuable funds to keep the centre operational. During this time we extended out the back area, concrete and paved it, created a a bamboo fence and gardens to beautify the area. At the A.G.M in September 2018, Dot (Secretary), Joe (V-President) and myself Steve Parker (President) stepped down to give others a go at these important roles. In truth we had tried to do this the last 2 years but had always been encouraged to go again. But Dot and Myself were absolutely worn out by the constant pull on us by the centres needs. We loved it but decided to step down to work from the background.
In September 2018 the new committee was formed comprising Eva Ronning (President), Anne (Secretary), Jack Bright (Vice President) and others. This new blood keep things going with fund raising and helping others was put high on the list. Over the next year or so various role switching in the committee allowed us to keep running with resignations and appointments. In October 2018 nearly a month after we had resigned our head positions, a big unexpected blow happened to all at the centre when our beautiful angel Dot Sweeting passed away. Dot gave of her time freely and held a Miracles Group every 2nd Wednesday after the centre finished it activities. For as long as I can remember she run this group with Alan and always put herself last and everyone else first. It was a time of disbelief for many of us. The lady who was steadfast for the centre for so long suddenly decided she was wanted more by spirit. We miss her energy every day. Thanks Dot 🙂
Around the beginning of 2019 Hazel who had set up and run our website and Facebook for many years decided she was stepping down from the role to travel around the world. I would like to thank you Hazel for all the hard work and sweat you put in over the years, thank you on behalf of the centre. In July 2019 the lovely Pam help us achieving a sausage sizzle to raise valuable funds for the centre. What an experience for those many helpers that worked nonstop not to mention the ones left at the centre to keep it going. The day raise more funds than ever before. Thanks Pam. The committee changed numerous times over 2018-20 as people stepped down and others took their place. And the centre continue to do what it always does- helping others……………
During 2019/20 Jack and Rodaan started the Tuesday healing nights again and included Reading and other modalities. In June 2020 Jack stepped back and Skye worked with Rodaan. Around march 2020 we were all affected by the Covid19 virus which ripped around the world. As a result we were forced to closed for a couple of months. When the centre opened again in June we saw a influx of new people to the centre. A focus during this time was to get new people through the door to heal and help at the centre.