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Sophaly Phok

18 January 2011

Sophaly Phok

Sophaly Phok, Volunteer at Canley Heights Salvos Store

 Nicked name Sophie.

 “I arrived in Australia in 1983. I lost all my family members in Cambodia.  Six sisters and a brother were killed by members of Khmer Rouge.”

 “Life was becoming better in Australia when I met another fellow Cambodian and married him. We have two children, but when the youngest was just one month old, he decided to return to Cambodia. I struggled as a single mum having to raise two kids and a mortgage burden to carry!”

 “I come to volunteer at Canley Heights Salvos Store as my first work experience ever in Australia. I was nervous and thought my English would not be good enough! However from day one, my fears were put to rest because everyone was friendly and kind. I felt very safe at Salvos Store.”

 “I feel I have found a new freedom. I love working here and I love my new friends. Thank you Salvos Stores”