I am a mature aged, young at heart woman (a little on the eccentric side) and married with 3 grown up children. Three fur babies are a part of my at home Family; Archer (a Kelpie Cross), Bluey (a silvery grey tabby cat), and Artemis (a black mixed breed); and 2 lorikeets (both foundlings).
I have a ‘no nonsense no ‘fluff’ attitude however, a kind and caring heart and personality to match. Sounds like a bit of a paradox, “That’s me, complicated”.
An advocate for Social Justice and an avid campaigner against all forms of abuse, I am passionate about equality and justice.
Since migrating from Canada at the age of 12, I have had the privilege of living in all states within Australia except one. My tapestry of travel emulates the broad experience I have gained in my career.
With more than 35 years’ experience in high level admin roles, both in the public and private sector, my career portfolio spans federal government, sporting organisations and small business ownership incorporating:
Adelaide Magistrate’s Court
Australian Customs Service (now Customs and Border Patrol)
SA Power Networks
Motor Trade Association (MTA)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff
UWS, John Holland
Skills for Growth: The Workforce Development
GWM Water Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project
I realised there was a niche in the marketplace for my services after listening to other women in business.
I started my business because I am passionate about helping others and because, after owning a busy retail food business for 10 years and being challenged as a busy Mum, I wanted to help others from making the mistakes I did. The mistakes of working IN my business doing all those horrible Life Sucking Tasks and not working ON my business.
I began working full-time (for eight years outside the business in paid employment) along with working part-time in the business and going to TAFE (College) three times. All of this whilst trying to raise my three young children (when I had the time to be with them). This resulted in me having no work/life balance, no equilibrium, no sense of self. I became burnt out. I hardly saw my children, had very little time for me, had very few breaks away; as in holidays; and my family suffered.
I have volunteered in several organisations including UN Women (International Women’s Day Co-Event Coordinator), Oasis Wimmera (Immigrant Support Group – Board member and Event Coordinator), and the Rotary Club of Horsham (Vic), and more recently the Secretary of ‘Healing Through Love‘ whose vision is to shift awareness on Domestic Violence within the Community and support survivors and Secretary of FADVAN (Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network).
I have also been a Workplace Delegate in the Commonwealth Public Service Union, held a variety of positions in Social and Sports Clubs from Committee member to President, been a Sports Trainer, and a Board member of a Tasmanian Football Club (Membership, Social, and Fundraising Coordinator), which actively contributes my vast professional and training skills with commitment and high integrity.
A self-motivated, diplomatic and multi-skilled professional with experience in small business and human resource management, office, and financial administration, my interpersonal style combines my professional business skills with sensitivity and powerful social networks. I embrace challenges to deliver results and thrive working in engaging and collaborative teams where my experience and knowledge are capitalised.
With a Diploma of Business (Human Resource Management) and accompanied by a AFP (Australian Federal Police) National Clearance, EEO, WHS and First Aid training, I take every opportunity to push the boundaries with my knowledge and service as can be seen with my many certificates:
Certificate IV in Training and Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Certificate IV in Business in Small Business Management
Trainer and Assessor Professional Development Workshop
Course in Assessment of Informal Learning, 2009