It was just me, my sister and my Mum growing up. I was the youngest right up until I was 15 and my Mum had another girl, Zoe. Sadly we had another little brother but we lost him to SIDS. So just us three girls and I think because we’re much older than Zoe we looked out for her– she gets away with lots!
I’ve always been in Brisbane and worked in Administration roles for most of my life.
When family members were diagnosed with Bipolar and Schizophrenia, I developed a strong interest in mental health and this started me on a path to my career in community services.
I moved on to work with training organisations and around training on the Stolen Generations. But I’ve been working full-time with BCHS for five years, and on-and-off for about ten years.
I enjoy working in housing as it relates quite strongly to health. I believe health is a holistic thing, and that social integration, emotional wellbeing, and access to secure housing comes under all of that. You can be well in other aspects of your life but being homeless can contribute significantly to one’s health and have deeper impacts overall.
Our services at BCHS are solely for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We want to empower our tenants into home-ownership, which we’ve been doing for the last eight months.
Most of tenants have been in their housing for quite some time too, 20 or 30 years, so we want to say: ‘Here’s the opportunity to buy your home, we’ll build a brand new one with those funds, giving the opportunity to the next tenant to buy one.’