Meet Wendy Oliver

Wendy Oliver was born in October of 1949 in Geelong, the middle child of Roy and Vera Oliver. When her mother passed away, Wendy took on most home responsibilities, aged just 10. Upon leaving home at 19, Wendy joined the Salvation Army as a Minister and later moved around Tasmania and Victoria doing social work before relocating to Brazil in 1980, as a Missionary, to continue helping others.

In Brazil, Wendy started the Salvation Army’s social work in the North-East of the country, helping people affected by poverty, drought, and prostitution. She also adopted a girl named Cristiana (Cris), who was a street child before meeting Wendy.

Due to illness, Wendy returned to Australia in December 1989 and was diagnosed with MS in 2002.

“At that time, I knew nothing about MS and the diagnosis came as a shock to me.”

Following the diagnosis, Wendy chose to pursue adventure by going scuba diving, kayaking and climbing the Harbour Bridge, to name a few.

“I knew that within too long, I wouldn’t be able to achieve these experiences.”

“I know the struggle and I wish to help others in their journey.”

Despite being sick, Wendy was determined to continue her work with the Salvation Army. When support was needed, Wendy used MSL services and her friend Glenda kindly became her carer. This helped Wendy continue to work until her retirement in 2014, aged 65.

“I have had an amazing career and am grateful for all the experiences I had during that time. Although I am now retired, I continue to still be active, assisting each week at a local Salvation Army centre providing meals for disadvantaged people.”

Alongside her career, Wendy has also made a huge contribution to MSL.

“Each year I enjoy taking part in fundraising events, including the Swimathon and Walk and Fun Run, where I am supported and joined by my family. I have also volunteered for the MS Peer Support Program, and won the MS Go for Gold Scholarship in 2004. This allowed me to achieve my dream of travelling to Cape York and stepping on the tip of Australia, which I achieved using walking sticks. This was truly a wonderful experience and I would not have been able to do it without the award.”

Wendy is part of our community of supporters who have generously decided to leave a gift in their Will to MSL.

“I have included a gift in my Will for MSL as I am so grateful for the assistance provided to me. I am also passionate about supporting the goal of providing resources and options which help people living with MS live meaningful lives.”