Wesley Mission’s founding financial counsellor recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours
The founder of Wesley Mission’s Credit Line Financial Counselling Services, Betty Weule, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia “for significant service to social welfare, through the development of financial counselling services in New South Wales”.
Betty was a financial counsellor with Wesley Mission and original manager of Credit Line and its financial counselling service from 1980 until 2001.
She was also a founding member of both the Financial Counsellors Association of NSW and the peak body for financial counsellors.
In 1996 she helped found Wesley Community Legal Service which provides professional legal assistance to people who have financial or gambling related problems.
Today Wesley Mission provides financial and gambling counselling services and support to thousands of people and their families and friends each year.
“Betty Weule was profoundly passionate about the need to provide professional support and counselling to people in financial difficulties,” the CEO of Wesley Mission the Rev Dr Keith Garner said.
“The 1980s was a time which saw the deregulation of the financial services sector but left many Australians unable to cope with the new realities. Betty not only pioneered financial counselling for people in dire need but helped them navigate through the new financial maze. She was a strong, articulate and vocal advocate who set the foundation for today’s financial counselling, legal support and financial literacy services at Wesley Mission.
“Wesley Mission is delighted that her legacy has been recognised.”