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Mission Champion: Stanley Pamieta

Stanley Pamieta standing in front of Sacred Heart Mission Windsor op shop

4 April 2018

Stanley was en route to his regular cafe for a morning coffee when he passed the Mission’s Windsor op shop and was struck by the thought, ‘that looks like a good gig’.

A recently retired primary and college principal, Stanley has over the years worked with a range of families and children experiencing social disadvantage, meaning he has become familiar with various agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Stanley, you would quickly realise that he is the sort of person who retires after more than four decades in education and decides he wants to give back even more. So Stanley became a regular volunteer and works at the Windsor op shop every Friday.

“It’s great to have a sense of contribution to an organisation like the Mission; to know that in some little way I’m helping,” Stanley says.

“When people come in who are really struggling and I’m there to have a conversation with them or help them find something, it really brings a warmth to my heart that I can help out.”

Stanley likes to station himself at the front counter, where he loves a good chat and has gotten to know the regulars quite well.

“I love when people come in and bring their purchase to the counter, and they’re really happy,” he says.

“Most people leave with a good feeling. They have purchased something and deep down they know they’ve contributed to the Mission.”

While Stanley is a fan of all of our op shops, he has a special place in his heart for the Windsor store.

“It’s quite quirky, it’s a bit grungy - there’s something quite unique about its character,” he says.

“In terms of the team, it didn’t take long for me to realise I’m in a great environment.”

“Trish (the op shop area coordinator) and the staff and volunteers were so friendly and inclusive - they’re always interested in what I’m doing, and vice versa.”

Stanley will be taking a short break from his time at the op shop to represent Victoria in the over 50s Cricket Tournament in New South Wales this March. Quite an achievement for Stanley, who is over 60. While he is looking forward to the big match, he is always eager for his next shift at the op shop.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that are considering volunteering, but are not sure whether they should do it,” he says.

“I encourage those with a little spare time to get involved - whether in the backroom, up the front of the store - in some shape or form, have a go.”

We would like to thank Stanley for his continuous contribution to the Mission and for being such a valued member of the Windsor team.

The Windsor op shop is one the busiest of our 11 op shops across Melbourne and is currently looking for customer service experts to join the current team either weekly or fortnightly. If you think you might enjoy volunteering as much as Stanley, we would love to hear from you.


Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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