Act-Belong-Commit is grateful to have the support of a wonderful team of volunteer Ambassadors from all walks of life who give their time and talent to help promote the Act-Belong-Commit message and help raise awareness about mental health.
Whether speaking at a community event, engaging with our partners and supporters, helping us fundraise, or appearing in the media, our Ambassadors make a valuable contribution to our mission to enhance population mental health by creating supportive environments that strengthen individual and community resilience.
Michelle Cowan is an accomplished level three AFL
Michelle Cowan embraces the Act-Belong-Commit ethos, encouraging people to pro-actively look after their mental
Michelle gained significant experience coaching women’s and men’s football, including roles as the senior coach of Melbourne’s Women’s team, a development coach of Melbourne’s AFL side, a WA-based scout for Geelong, and working as an assistant coach for South Fremantle.
One of Michelle's most significant achievements came in 2014, coaching the WA Youth Girls U18 side to a national championship. WA became the first state - other than Victoria - to win the championship. They went on to defeat Victoria again in 2015 in the Open Women's Final.
Lara Filocamo is a young community champion who, after experiencing struggles in early life - including the loss of her mother at age 16, and being recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has gone on to become an emergency department nurse, professional athlete, writer, public speaker and Act-Belong-Commit Ambassador.
Lara’s passion for sport developed early in life, seeing her play for the Perth Glory in 2011 and 2012, and more recently for the Fremantle Dockers AFLW team in the 2016/17 & 2017/18 seasons.
Lara believes that keeping active and being part of a team plays an important role in keeping mentally healthy, and with a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder, she actively shares her message of mental health awareness and resilience to young people throughout WA.
Lara is currently writing her memoir.
Garth Civil is an experienced fire-fighter and long-term Ambassador for Act-Belong-Commit. He believes the Act-Belong-Commit message is a way of life, and that everyone will be healthier and happier if they adopt the Act-Belong-Commit principles.
Garth feels lucky to have a job he is passionate about, and which allows him to act, belong and commit by simply doing it well. However, the job itself can create mental health stresses and over the years he has seen a high number of colleagues who have had issues.
Looking back on life, Garth has had challenges that have affected his mental health. He credits most of his resilience to his ability to keeping active. Act-Belong-Commit has always been a part of his life, and he loves setting challenges, from sporting events, sailing around the South Pacific Ocean, learning to fly, and climbing a mountain.
"Whilst the water and being in it or on it is my place of choice, it is not the only thing I look for when setting a challenge. One of my primary motivators for completing the challenges I set is to do it with others, the sense of belonging to a like-minded group gives me the impetus to continue on even when the challenges seem insurmountable."