So long, see you all later

ACT Recovery College Trial Completed

I am writing to say a final goodbye from all of us at the ACT Recovery College. The College Trial finishes today. I can’t say this enough, so will reiterate what I said at our official closing ceremony, all of us at the College want to thank the ACT Government and the ACT Community for getting behind the concept of a Recovery College and working with us to make the trial such a success. Whilst there is naturally sadness at the trial reaching its end point, I have been so uplifted by the positive impact of the Recovery College trial, and all the lovely comments and feedback we have received. It has made all the hard work so worthwhile.

I would also like to say a quick thank you to all the people who joined us for both the open week and the official closing celebration. It was fantastic that we had Ministers Emma Davidson, Shane Rattenbury and Giulia Jones, of the ACT Legislative Assembly attend, as well as students, educators and people from a number of organisations who have supported the College in a number of ways

The official part of the celebration included speeches from Minister Davidson and Leith Felton-Taylor on behalf of Bec Cody CEO MHCC ACT. One of our lovely students talked about her experiences at the College and Twisty Schmid read some of the comments that we have received over the last couple of years. I closed the official part of the event with a heartfelt thank you to all involved. We recorded this on Facebook Live and you can watch it here.

I particularly want to thank all our educators who have worked tirelessly at the College, developing a fantastic range of courses and then facilitating them over the last two years. Without you we would not have been able to hold as many courses or have reached as many students as we have. The team and I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and willingness to share your knowledge and expertise.

Most importantly, I want to thank our students, who shared their recovery journeys with us over the last two years. I know that I speak for the College team when I say that it has been a joy and a privilege to meet you all and see the way that you have grown and flourished. We wish you all the best and encourage you to continue using all you have learnt at the College to aid you on your journeys.

The College website will remain open for a short time longer. We also suggest you consider signing up to MHCC ACT newsletter. MHCC ACT and other organisations will continue advocating for a Recovery College in the ACT and will share any news on this in their newsletter which you can sign up for here.

Twisty wrote the title of one of the books in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on the whiteboard in our office as a farewell to people who attended the celebration. It was “So long and thanks for all the fish”. This fits with our philosophy about the future of the College. This book was the fourth part of a trilogy and was followed by another two parts. We are hoping that this will be a sign that the College will be back, stronger than ever.

See you all later


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