WA Fairhaven is a not-for-profit service; the vision of such a service was born out of the personal life experience of Dina-Marie Mitchell over 25 years ago. When faced with separation and divorce 25 years ago her situation ended at the Family Court of WA in a custody battle of four innocent children.
Her whole experience was one of shattered dreams, wounded hopes and a God, who seemed so far away. As a migrant, she had no family support. Dina-Marie sought counselling, joined a support group and slowly rebuilt her life.
Over the last 25 years, Dina-Marie’s journey as domestic, carer, chaplain, pastoral carer, refuge worker, counsellor, coordinator, group facilitator, Accredited FDRP (with a registration number), manager and professional excellence advisor has been a lengthy but continuous, reflective journey. Through twists and turns, often at times juggling too much, searching for sense in many nonsensical areas of life, her search brought her to meaning and purpose. There were defining moments, learning from mistakes and experiences with movement from submission to aggressive to assertive. There has been forgiving and asking for forgiveness, especially from her children.
Now her vision is to stand alongside other parents faced with separation issues. And with the team of professional staff at Fairhaven, to enable, empower, encourage and educate parents to rebuild their lives. To provide an opportunity to explore skills on co-parenting after separation, be child focused and make agreements with parenting and property matters in the best interest of the children.