Director of Welfare
When do you first recall feeling a passion for social change?
When I was little, my Mum and Dad worked with kids with disabilities. My mum was the principal of a school and was always fighting for better rights for children and their families. I distinctly remember the point when I realised the kids I had played with for years who seemed no different to me, were being treated differently by others. I remember feeling a fire light inside me and it continues to fuel my work at Fresh. I believe that children, young people and families have their own skills and abilities to create change, but some need to be empowered to do so. I see the way whole communities are changed when an empowered group move collectively.
What has led you to your role at Fresh?
When Shaz was creating the Fresh concept, I knew something amazing was starting. I supported Fresh from the outside whilst I started my career as a Social Worker. Then when I went on maternity leave and started my own family, Shaz went overseas and I jumped into her rather large shoes and had the privilege of leading the team. I also bring to Fresh my experience as a social worker, teaching at Monash University and working with vulnerable and at risk people in a rural school.
What do you find most fulfilling about working at Fresh?
Investing my time into something I am passionate about, believe it works and know it is creating change on a micro and macro level. I see change at every theatre performance and at the end of every school program. I see change on every young persons face when they know they have risked lots and achieved what they set out to do. I see change on a parents face when they are amazed at what their child has accomplished and how they have grown in the process. I see change on the faces of the community watching them as they are enlightened, informed and empowered.