Date published: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Category(ies): Media release
The newly-appointed Executive Director for the peak body representing Baptist community service organisations is optimistic about the opportunities for faith-based services within Australia's constantly changing political and cultural landscape.
Marcia Balzer is Executive Director of Baptist Care Australia – a faith-based network of Baptist organisations providing aged and community services. Ms Balzer has more than 25 years' management experience working in communications, advocacy and marketing roles for several associations, an international aid organisation, and for both state and federal government departments.
"People of faith have always had an important role to play in helping the disadvantaged and those who've fallen on hard times in the wider community.
“As our policy makers continually seek out financial savings and operational efficiency, the people-centred approach of organisations like the Baptist Care network has never been more important," Ms Balzer said.
"Organisations built on the foundations of faith need to be speaking with a clear voice about our values and our work – now more than ever.
“Baptist Care organisations strive to give a voice to those on the edges of society, and to serve those who need our support. From older frail people to survivors of family violence and children in out-of-home care, Baptist Care organisations make a difference daily in the lives of thousands of people around the country.
“My job has a particular focus on giving a voice to people who aren't always heard by those in power.
“In the year to come, Baptist Care Australia will be speaking out strongly for quality, evidence-based policy solutions to the problems of homelessness, ageing, family violence and people living with a disability.
“We will be doing all we can to make sure people grappling with these issues aren't left behind. This is a critical step in creating a fair Australia where we can all enjoy the benefits of our truly great country.
“It's very humbling to be given the opportunity to serve the Baptist Care network in this role. I'm excited about both the challenges and the opportunities ahead," Ms Balzer said.
Baptist Care Australia represents caring organisations that collectively have an annual turnover of more than $700 million, employ more than 9000 staff and engage more than 2500 volunteers each year. Baptist Care Australia draws on the policy and operational expertise of member organisations to give a voice to those who aren't able to advocate for themselves and propose innovative solutions to social needs. Baptist Care Australia also advocates for the importance and value of faith-based community service organisations to the nation.
Media inquiries: Marcia Balzer, Executive Director, 0430 175 310 Marcia.firstname.lastname@example.org