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Getting to know our Secretary to the Property Trusts ....


LIZ CRUICKSHANK's time with the Salvos has been wide and varied – from worshipping at Warragul Corps (Vic.) to working on Manus Island with people seeking asylum.


How many years have you been at The Salvation Army and have you had different roles in this time? I have worked for The Salvation Army for just over 10 years and have held the following roles:​​​​​​

  • I managed The Salvation Army’s operation on Manus Island, working with Asylum Seekers

  • I was responsible for the development of the Centre for Restoration, following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

  • My current role – Secretary to the Property Trusts

I have also undertaken a few special projects along the way.

For those that may not know, what does the Secretary to the Property Trusts spend your time doing? ​​​​​​​Most of my time is spent working with the Chair of the Board, the Chair of each Board Committee and the Chief Secretary to ensure that the Board has the information it requires, to hold management accountable.

What was your journey to The Salvation Army? ​​​​​​​I was actually dedicated as a baby at the Sunshine Corps of The Salvation Army many years ago. In 2010, I relocated to Warragul in Gippsland whilst taking a career break and started attending the Warragul Corps. I went from the Warragul Corps to Manus Island.

What has been the most memorable experience during your time at The Salvation Army? ​​​​​​​This is a tough one to answer. Probably, the opportunity to work with three different Board Chairs over the development and refining of the Governance Model for the Territory.

What has been your greatest achievement during your career? ​​​​​​​In a former life, I had a Bill go through the Victorian Parliament. The Bill was passed and became the Courts Legislation Amendment (Juries and Other Matters) Act 2008 (Vic) (the Act). The Act made changes to the Constitution Act 1975 (Vic), the Juries Act 2000 (Vic) and the Magistrates’ Court Act 1989 (Vic). The changes to the Juries Act 2000 were the most significant amendments.

What is your favourite part about serving at The Salvation Army? ​​​​​​​Having the privilege of serving the Board as it works to see the flourishing of the movement into the future.

What excites you most about the future of the movement? ​​​​​​​A Jesus-centred focus.

What do you like to do in your spare time? ​​​​​​​Read and run.

Liz and her famous feline Maggie.

You’re happiest when …? I come home and am welcomed by my very gorgeous Instagram star Maggie @_miss_maggie_moo Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you. ​​​​​​​I have lived in a shipping container.

What advice would you give to people who are new to working in the Army? ​​​​​​​Take the time to listen and learn.


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