Introducing Victoria’s Most Inspirational Mum
Barnardos Mother of the Year VIC 2018 Announced
Barnardos Australia is pleased to announce Snjezana (Sue) Brcic from Frankston, Victoria, has been named Barnardos Mother of the Year VIC 2018.
Sue Brcic, 50, and her family arrived in Australia in 1999 as migrants, fleeing their homeland of Bosnia as a result of the Balkan War, living in one room for eight years as refugees in Germany, having lost everything except each other.
Despite all of the adversity Sue faced in her life, “her heart was always pure,” says her proud daughter and nominator, Ines Brcic, 28.
“We had nothing,” recalls Ines. “We were lucky to get food vouchers and old toys from charity to put under the Christmas tree. But I never felt a thing. I was happy, because Mum was always happy. She has the type of hands that, when they hold yours, you feel her warmth and love radiate through you.”
In order to learn English, Sue started volunteering at the Australian Red Cross, which enabled her to find work in a café to earn the pocket money she wanted to give to her children. More recently, she found the courage to go back to school in order to work in aged care, whist also helping Ines through her Law degree and encouraging her younger daughter to study to become a kindergarten teacher. She also volunteers in the Croatian community.
Sue couldn’t believe her daughter had nominated her for the awards, “I am in complete shock to be awarded Barnardos Mother of the Year for Victoria. As a mother, we put our children first to ensure they are safe, happy and loved. The situations my family have faced haven’t been easy, but as a mother, you put your children first and ensure they have the best possible future.”
David Levy from Barnardos Australia says, “Barnardos believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. For 23 years, the Barnardos Mother of the Year awards have recognised amazing mothers in our community who have shown incredible dedication to their children against all the odds. We have been blown away by the inspiring stories we received this year and we would like to thank everyone who nominated a special mum.
For us, it is incredibly moving to see how Sue shares the same philosophy as we do, her soul focus being on the safety and wellbeing of her children. We look forward to celebrating her commitment to nurturing our future generation at our national event in May.”
The final word must go to Ines Brcics, Sue’s Daughter, who said when nominating her mum; “You taught us that there is more need for love in the world than anything else and we want to thank you for ALWAYS putting everything and everyone above you and your needs. You didn’t have to. We love you!”
Sue now progresses to the National Ceremony held in Sydney in May, where she will join the other state and territory winners for the announcement of the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2018. It has been 12 years since a Victorian mother has taken home the national award.