ABOUT ME THE PERSON
Being over 55 years old means that I have had plenty of time to work out who I am and where I fit in the world.
My Roles I've been a parent, an employee, a trainer, a student, a carer, a partner, an adventurer and many other roles.
This means I've learnt to adapt knowledge & skills in these roles as well as value the experiences both good or bad.
My Strengths are: being compassionate, tenacious, empathetic, honest, understanding, playful and open minded.
These are mostly positive, while others have been both a strength and a challenge to me at different times.
My Values are social justice, equality, equity, tolerance and advocacy. Not just for things that are important to me but also for those I have support. We don't always have to agree, just so long as we respect that each person is different.
ABOUT ME THE WORKER
I have worked for over 30 years in the disability sector where I acquired extensive knowledge and experience in supporting people living with disabilities, and their carers.
Although I had earned my qualifications through formal tertiary education, I still consider the best learnings came from the people I have supported over the years.
Giving people "A Fair Go" is part of my values base, which has guided my belief in social justice and equality. During my years with Disability Services I have undertaken a number of leadership role. These were not part of my paid role, but were important to me and are two most challenging and rewarding things I did:
Community Recovery deployments in leadership roles providing financial and emotional support to people affected during TC Yasi (2011) in Townsville and then in Bundaberg floods (2013) following TC Oswald.
Workplace Union Delegate - in this role I took an active leadership role on Regional and State Governance Committees during the early launch of the NDIS in North Queensland, which transformed the Disability sector in North Queensland.