France

April 2019

Q&A with Guilaine Miranda, National President of SFCB

Guilaine MirandaNational President of SFCB

1. Why is the work of the Blue Cross important to you?

The notions of mutual aid, support, sharing and solidarity with others are the core values of the SFCB. Committed since 2000, I did not only get out of alcohol thanks to the SFCB in my region, I also put in everything to become the National President of this wonderful association in 2016 because I share its values. The SFCB forges close links with the medical and social world to promote its actions and support the patients and their families. I like this dynamism that the commitment implies.

2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work – if so, which aspects?

The work which is done within the SFCB is a team work. On-site, we have many volunteer activists working without counting their time or energy…
At the level of the Board of Directors, the management team, we work on the evolution of the SFCB and then propose our guidelines to the General Assembly. The latest guidelines aimed at opening up to addictions other than alcohol. We also worked on risk reduction to match the medical world that rejects abstinence in favour of moderation. These guidelines required significant information and training work for our members.

3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?

At the SFCB, we are all volunteers. Our reward is therefore not financial at all. On the other hand, to hear a whole room, composed of our members from all over France and even abroad, singing a Blue Cross song in chorus during a National Congress is a very strong and moving reward.

4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?

The biggest challenge has been to forge links with the medical world which did nor know us and above all did not recognize us as competent in helping sick people. Another challenge has been to join forces with other associations similar to ours to become stronger, more visible and audible within a single coordination, the Camerup.

5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider your most important project?

At more than 135 years of age, our good old SFCB needs a renewal of youth, both in our internal image as well as in the external view. We are currently working on a new logo project and a more modern, positive and liberating signature or slogan. We must change the feeling and representation of shame and frustration of abstinent people, who must be able to live their lives as a well-considered choice for fulfillment and inner peace.