Dandenong Basketball, with the support of Adam Bryant of Sports Chaplaincy Australia, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Phillips as our Chaplain & Well Being Officer. Jenny has an extensive background and years of experience in the area of pastoral care, including within multi-faith and culturally diverse communities.
Jenny was born and raised in Dandenong and has served as a Chaplain within public schools, provided peer support at Monash Health facilities and provided pastoral oversight to a creative arts program within the sporting arena. Jenny currently serves as the Senior Minister of local faith community Urban Praise, based at Heritage College in Narre Warren South.
The need for a well-being officer within our association was identified by DBA CEO Stephen Walter, who stated that he is very happy to partner with Sports Chaplaincy Australia to bring Jenny into the fold, with her pastoral experience and knowledge of our association (being a former Junior Ranger parent) being a perfect fit for what modern sporting organisations need in 2020.
“Jenny is a great addition to the team and is available in all capacities to support our basketball community”, said Walter. “ As our Chaplain & Well Being Officer, Jenny offers great experience and leadership to support any member of our basketball family who needs support or simply a sympathetic ear or shoulder to lean on.
“We welcome Jenny to the team and we look forward to building an inclusive basketball community where we all help each other. I would like to thank Adam Bryant for his support and leadership with SCA to get our program mobilised.”
Long-time DBA members know that the Phillips family has had a strong history with our Rangers programs. Jenny’s twin daughters Kiara and Tenaya have both played through our Junior & Senior programs, with Tenaya set to play for our NBL1 Senior Women in 2020. Having that perspective as a Ranger parent will no doubt serve Jenny well in this new role, able to understand the lives of basketball athletes and their families more than someone new to the DBA Family.
Getting the opportunity to support the community that supported her daughters’ basketball lives is an exciting one for Jenny, an extra chance to give back to all of the wonderful Dandenong people she has come into contact with over the years.
“As a parent of daughters who have come through the Dandenong Rangers Junior and Senior programs, I’m super excited to return to the club to serve the community in this capacity”, said Phillips. “It is my pleasure to serve you and I look forward to getting to know the families that make up this community.
“It’s my desire to extend my pastoral care experience to serving the Dandenong Rangers community by being an encouraging, positive voice and an ear to listen, someone to support to those in need, whoever they might be within the DBA Family.’’
Jenny will commence her role with Dandenong Basketball shortly with more details about her services to be announced soon. For more information or enquiries please contact DBA CEO Stephen Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0400 966 829.