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Maryann (Mez) - Member Support Team's newest recruit

Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 314
edited September 2021 in General discussion
Hello online network community,

I thought it was time to officially introduce myself to Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) online members.  As the title mentions, I am part of the Member Support Team (Helpline) and will also oversee the online network.  You are welcome to view my (short) introduction video via the link Mez BCNA Introduction

Please feel free to introduce yourself or ask questions. I look forward to communicating with you further in the coming weeks as I navigate the online network.

Thankyou :) 

Transcript of the video below for those unable to access:

"Hello online network, community and members of Breast Cancer Network Australia. My name is Maryann, however you are welcome to call me Mez. I am coming on here to officially introduce myself. Perhaps you would have heard of a new team member coming on board with Breast Cancer Network Australia. I am part of the Member Support Team helpline, as well as overseeing and supporting the online network. I've had the opportunity coming on board only the last few weeks, to look at the online network; exploring the functionality, tools and seeing the wonderful connectedness and supportive nature of the community on here. So I do look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge from working in similar like-minded teams/helplines, where I've supported people with chronic illnesses and mental health challenges. I would encourage you to say hello if you wish and introduce yourself. I'm sure I will get to know many of you over the coming weeks and I really am looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the online community. Thank you."



  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,909
    Hi @Mez_BCNA

    Welcome and thank you for the video intro. It’s really nice to put a face to a name. Best wishes in your new role. 
  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 6,136
    Hi @Mez_BCNA , Welcome to the blog!  Looking forward to chatting with you!  All the best!

  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 814
    Hi @Mez_bcna
    Welcome.   I don't have access to one drive.  Am a bit technically challenged.  

  • Sue_wSue_w Northern end of Southern Highlands NSWMember Posts: 117
    Hi @Mez_BCNA, welcome, I'm the same as @Locksley, no one drive. 
  • Julez1958Julez1958 SydneyMember Posts: 463
    Hi there and welcome, I thought the video was a great idea.
    I know I am not the only one who has found the online forum a great help in my breast cancer journey so far ( diagnosed almost 12 months ago).
    I look forward to catching up with you in due course.
  • Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 314
    Thankyou for your kind welcomes @Afraser @arpie @Locksley @Sue_w @Julez1958

    Apologies for those who are having trouble viewing my short video. I was sure that recipients didn't need to have a Microsoft 365,  OneDrive, or SharePoint account and can access the content without having to enter a passcode or sign in. 
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 5,065
    It would appear you need an account hence one if many unable to view
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,909
    I don’t have a One Drive account and could open the video, took about 30 seconds. 
  • Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 314
    Thankyou for your feedback @iserbrown, very much appreciated.

    I have transcribed the video and updated in my original post. Hopefully this helpful.

    Thankyou again

  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 814
    @Mez_BCNA Thankyou for adding words to your introduction.  I was unable to open the video at all.  I appreciate you including those of us that have some technically challenges without judgement. 

    I am very much looking forward to the return of the Friday updates.   I enjoy reading these during treatment, recovery, covid, lockdown and down days.  Thankyou.    
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Smithton Tas was Bathurst nsw Member Posts: 3,409
    Welcome @Mez_BCNA
    Looking forward to having your input and support in the online community. 

    9 yrs since dx and going strong,  I am continuing to give back to the Online community so those newbies have support and not a DR Google  horror story to be frightened by. 

  • Julez1958Julez1958 SydneyMember Posts: 463
    Hi Mez
    following on from SoldierCrab’s post above.
    The long time posters here ( and also the medium and newish posters too ) have proved a great source  of information and support to others on the breast cancer “ journey “ ( or as some may say breast cancer “shitfest”).
    I wish  I had found the BCNA website and the forum earlier and it is a question others have raised- how can BCNA let newly diagnosed women know about its existence?
    Food for thought.
  • gumnutgumnut far north coast NSWMember Posts: 731
    Dear @Mez_BCNA
    Welcome and lovely to e-meet you, the video was especially a lovely touch to actually see you.
    Best wishes with your new role.

    Just thinking that it would be helpful if those BCNA members such as yourself who are involved in online support/helpline advised what their background was, eg nurse, psychologist, counsellor etc

    Thank you and best wishes

  • Cath62Cath62 Brisbane Member Posts: 816
    Welcome.and thanks for arranging the Friday updates
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