National grief and loss counselling service Griefline announced today that Catherine Cini will be stepping down from her role as Chief Executive Officer.
Griefline Chair Russel Barnes, praised Catherine for her extraordinary contribution to Griefline over 30 years stating, “Catherine has made an outstanding contribution to the development of Griefline from a hospital helpline into a highly sought-after National telephone and online counselling service.”
“Catherine also played an integral role in establishing a suite of programs for people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing loss and grief, a dedicated program for children and education and training courses for health workers, students, and others working in the allied health industry.”
“Whilst stepping away from leading the day to day operations Catherine’s connection with the organisation will be not be lost as she will continue to be involved assisting the Board with the development of Griefline.”, said Mr Barnes.
Ms Cini said she was proud of Griefline’s achievements during her time leading the organisation. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have led the organisation along with wonderful team of staff and volunteers.”
“Some of our greatest impact has been as a result of the development of our program supporting children experiencing domestic violence, the on-line counselling service for rural areas and the introduction of a National phone number so anyone in Australia can access Griefline. I am pleased that the Board have committed to ensuring Griefline’s mission to provide listen, care and support those experiencing loss and grief will continue and look forward to assisting them in any way I can.”
Current Griefline Chair Russel Barnes will take on the role of Acting CEO to transition operations and assist the Board with an extensive recruitment process to identify Griefline’s next CEO.
“Catherine has created a strong platform for growth, consisting of highly qualified and capable staff and volunteers, and we are confident of attracting the right person to lead our National expansion. With demand for Griefline’s services increasing as a result of referrals from other helplines and emergency services our new CEO will be focused on developing partnerships that will ensure we can resource our staff and volunteers to meet that demand.”, said Mr Barnes.