Manager | Individualised Services - North
Tell us about yourself and how you got here.
My first two most important roles are being a wife and a mum. This keeps me on my toes when I’m not at work. I love my family and friends. Dogs are the coolest domestic animals ever!
I am a bit of a greenie and conservationist especially with our bush lands, native birds and animals. I love our Red Tailed Black Cockatoo’s and I am part of the conservation of the Black Cockatoo.
As far back as I can remember, I have always been involved in assisting people in some form or another. At High School I was part of our extended education program assisting disengaged students and students from our Education Support Unit to read and write. I also worked full time in an OP shop where we had a work experience pathway program with the local high school to assist students with disabilities to learn about retail. These roles lead me to working with young people with disabilities and from there I entered into work with the Disability Services Commission where I worked for 7 years. I then had the opportunity to join the Inclusion WA team in 2008.
What gifts of the hands/heart/head would you most like to share with others?
Gifts of the hands -I’m well skilled to cook up a storm and love cooking for family and friends especially around special times of years like Easter, Birthdays and Christmas. I love chucking a good party!
Gifts of the heart - I’m passionate about our environment and social justice to those who are less fortunate and believe we need to give part of ourselves to others. I’m also passionate about children being raised to be resilient and independent as possible and ensuring kids learn values in compassion, empathy to others and themselves. I’m passionate about making people laugh by my silly nature and antics. I feel it’s important to lift people up and give them confidence by my own attitude to others. I’m also passionate about travelling and seriously don’t do enough of that!
Gifts of the Head- I have a pretty strong knowledge of our wild life and I also love to learn about the where things began: such as where recipes, red wine and bourbon originated. I’m also intrigued about the history of dog breeds.
Can you tell us something cool about your local area? I live a 10 minute drive to a very important regional park - Banyowla Regional Park, the area is known as Ellis Brook Valley. This is where the coastal plains and the Darling Scarp meet. The history of the indigenous tracks is estimated to be over 60,000 years old and is the place where they would migrate from coast to bushland with changing seasons.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I sing people’s names and sing sentences or use funny voices when saying people’s names. It’s possibly highly annoying to those around me but I have a chuckle. I have this uncanny knack in recalling conversations I have had with people by associating events and places of the day. I have a photographic memory so I don’t use a GPS.
Pretty much the best song in the world is….
I’m sorry only ONE!? Ok so I’m bringing back my Bogan girl days and have to vote that Metallica from the Black Album “Sad but True” as my number one song.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Under the Bridge”
Guns N Roses -“Welcome to the Jungle’
Going old school with...
Ozzy Osborne Black Sabbath - “Iron Man”
The Eagles -“Hotel California”
David Bowie - "Fame”
Cypress Hill - “Insane in the Brain”
Chemical Brothers – “Hey Boy Hey Girl”
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
Cooking up a storm and experimenting and learning new recipes, as it’s the only day of the week I have time to do this, as well as spending time with my family.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
Bush walking, challenging myself with HIIT with my personal trainer and watching documentaries (especially on the history of where things began) and movies (Superhero genre) and playing Sony Play Station (Lego, Marvel and Batman 2 are my faves!)
What is one of your favourite quotes?
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth. - William W Purkey