Tell us about your experience in the sector?

I have had the pleasure of being involved in the sector since 1999. I have worked across two local government areas, for two very different neighbourhood houses during that time.

I have also been involved in a number of different committees and organisations including:

  • Founding member of Communities in Partnership
  • Member of the Casey Alliance group in an active role, which included implementing the marketing strategy with a small team and mentoring Managers.
  • I have had the privilege of sitting on various panels with Local Government
  • Sit on the board of Information and Support Cranbourne
  • Involved in the Social Prescribing with the Alfred Hospital
  • Secretary of Cranbourne Toy Library
  • Vice President of Bicycle Users Group Cardinia
What makes being part of the neighbourhood house sector so special?

Watching people develop and grow in their confidence and skills is such a special part of my job. Then seeing them move onto employment or a return to study and fulfilling their dreams warms my heart.

Also having the opportunity to work with community groups to bring about change at a local level, and sometimes not so local. You don’t get to be a part of that in many sectors.

I think the neighbourhood house sector feels like one big family where we all want to help one another where we can.

What do you hope to achieve in your time on the NHVic Board?

I would like to be a part of the strategic planning for the sector to ensure sustainability and growth for the future. I'm also keep to work through how the sector can move towards meeting some of the UN Sustainability Development Goals. I look forward to working with Nicole and her team to identify new partners who will built on the capacity of all neighbourhood houses.

What passions or interests take up your spare time?

My all-time favourite is coffee and chats. I also enjoy reading, gardening in my new garden – built in and around COVID lockdowns, bike riding and walking... that always ends in that other favourite passion – COFFEE!

Tell us a quote that inspires the work you do?

Be the change that you wish to see in the world - Mahatma Ghandi