1. What’s your day-to-day role at healthAbility?
I’m a youth and family counsellor. Each day is different and normally involves some office work and meeting with young people or their parents, either at schools, in the community or their homes. No day is the same. Some days are exhausting and others energize me. The unknown variability of the role keeps me interested.
2. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping and connecting people to positive change. Sometimes this is slow and other times it can happen very quickly. When I feel like I have made a difference in a good way, that’s pretty rewarding.
3. And the most challenging?
Navigating a system that excludes young people or makes it difficult for them to have their basic needs met.
4. What would you be doing if you hadn’t followed this career path?
I used to work in Graphic Design and Advertising, yet I think this line of work chose me rather than me selecting it. I would have loved to be a clown like Slava Polunin, he is pretty amazing.
5. What three traits define you?
Creative, considered and patient. Not sure if my children would agree. I never want a client to feel rushed or that my attention is not 100% with them.
6. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Nature. It really is amazing if you stop and take time to observe and appreciate it. Let’s face it. It makes the air we breathe, our water and food. We wouldn’t last long without it.
7. Where is your favourite place to be?
Locally it’s the grounds around Heide Gallery. It’s pretty special. A mixture of Art and Nature.
8. What is your favourite thing to do?
Watching a thunderstorm or sitting on my back deck before dawn watching a quiet colourful sunrise with my dog next to me.
9. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
It is difficult to beat Nepal, Scotland or Bright in Victoria, yet I’d say Finland. Trees, lakes, saunas, good food and people. I’ve been to some amazing places in the world, but it’s the people, not the place which make it special.
10. What is the best book you have ever read?
That’s hard. Reading the right book at the right time of your life can make a huge impact. Books like ‘Affluenza’ by Clive Hamilton, ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer or ‘The minotaur takes a cigarette break’ by Steven Sherrill first come to mind. Yet ‘The long walk’ by Slavomir Rawicz is a pretty amazing story, although it wasn’t a great movie. So read the book.