Ms Maria Daniel is the Manager Human Resources, Disability Services for a State Government department in Western Australia and has worked in the disability sector for over 22 years since migrating to Australia 25 years ago. Maria has a Master’s in
Mr Vincent Rakjumar is Deputy Chief Clinical Perfusionist at one of the largest hospitals in Western Australia. Accuracy and attention to detail are critical aspects of Vincent’s daily work and Vincent brings these skills to strategic and operational planning at FOLSI.
Rob comes with a variety of skills and experience from his role in local government where he currently works as an electrician. Rob is an experienced Treasurer with experience of over 15 years in the not-for-profit sector and currently holds this portfolio for FOLSI board.
Jonathan Perera was born in Sri Lanka and migrated to Australia through the airline industry where he held a senior position. Jonathan has an empathetic heart for people requiring support having seen much of this in his hometown in Sri Lanka.
It is with immense joy that I welcome you to the Fount of Life Sanctuary Inc. (FOLSI), also known as ‘The Sanctuary’, which is a registered Western Australia charity. The heart of this charity is for the local community and its people equipping every individual no matter what their background to have an identity and purpose and to be holistically healthy in body, mind and spirit, giving back to the community they live in.
To introduce myself, I am Maria Daniel, the founding director of FOLSI. The vision for the Sanctuary was born in my heart back in 2007 and I have never looked back since putting pen to paper. Together with my husband Edwin Daniel and the members of FOLOMI, ‘The Sanctuary’ development has been a living, breathing vision, which we have run with passionately, and it has been an amazing journey. The Sanctuary will be a safe-haven, a place of shelter and refuge for those in the community who require assistance physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Currently running services from various locations, we now have the ability to run a one-stop community service at 28 Lewis Road, Wattle Gove, in Western Australia. The key features of The Sanctuary are: Bethel Conference and Community Centre Manna Community Kitchen Barnabas Life Services Joshie’s Hub Rapha Healthcare Centre Eden Gardens Grace Lodge I encourage you to take the time to read the vision and partner with us in ways you think you can be a part of or contribute to this exciting work in Western Australia.
– Ps. Maria Daniel
The number of people living on the margins of Australian society has grown over the years. Statistics regarding the people with mental health challenges, being homeless, disconnected from society because they are regarded as being past their prime, people living in poverty, and children struggling to cope with disabilities are staggering.
The members of FOLSI are a dedicated team of volunteers who share the same philosophy, have a common goal, and are passionate about changing people’s lives and making their community stronger. The members of FOLSI are committed to journeying with people from all walks of life, age and circumstances.
The first of its kind in Western Australia this one-stop community services hub will support, equip, empower and connect individuals and families who are facing mental health and psycho-social challenges and those experiencing domestic violence, grief and trauma to life services. These services will assist marginalised older adults, children living with disability, the homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families.
Though Australia is a first world country, statistics prove that mental health is a major concern with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a mental health condition. Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia, accounting for an estimated 27% of the total years lost due to disability. Approximately 18,000 children and 105,000 individuals are homeless with 6 million people living below the poverty line.