I have lived on the Sunshine Coast, in Caloundra, for 38 years and have been employed in the community sector for all of that time. I am married with 2 adult sons one has a physical disability. My husband has worked as a manufacturing jeweller for the same period, in our business Flair Jewellery Pty Ltd. We are both very interested in community issues and have been involved in many not for profit organisations on the coast.
My early professional life was spent working as a Dental Therapist in Tasmania. At the same time I was asked by Tasmania Health to participate in their Health Promotion Program in schools and spent 2 years working in a mobile service which travelled all over the state. From this experience I became interested in the community sector and gained qualifications Bachelor of Social Science as an external student. I then worked in youth support services before moving to Queensland.
I became the secretary of the Caloundra and District Welfare Council which was seeking funding to establish the Caloundra Community Centre and was involved with the actual purchase of the building and establishment of the service. I was employed to work in the Centre on the day it opened. In 1988 I accepted a job as the Assistant Manager of the Caloundra Home and Community Care Service and became manager in 1992. This service is a community `transport service which operates with the assistance of volunteers when I left there were 150 volunteer drivers. This led to my love affair with the volunteering movement.
I completed a Certificate 4 in Community Service Management and a Certificate 4 in Volunteer Management while working in the service and received a great deal of assistance and guidance from Volunteering Queensland and Volunteering Australia. I retired in July 2003 and decided to establish a Volunteer Centre on the Sunshine Coast initially as a volunteer and then as the paid manager. I retired from the service in June 2010.
Since then I have worked in our jewellery business with my husband, managing promotion, marketing and HR.
I am proud to say that I have been involved with Parent to Parent since it began in Queensland. I always claim that I was present at its birth and have proudly watched it grow and develop into the strong and valued Organisation that it is today.
My knowledge and experience of disability has grown enormously over the years thanks to the training and workshops I have attended through Parent to Parent. I facilitate workshops and PATHs for families and individuals. I have also watched some extraordinary people with exceptional talents learn to share those gifts and knowledge with others to make a difference in their lives.
I have had the great privilege to meet some truly inspirational and knowledgeable people through the Organisation and have also had the opportunity to travel and attend many worthwhile events. I have held a position on the Parent to Parent Board of Management for since 2007 and continue to be part of the Quality Team.
I currently serve on the Queensland Carers Advisory Council. This Ministerial Council lobbies the Government to address issues concerning all carers in Queensland including grandparent carers, those who care for the aged or someone who lives with mental health issues or a disability.
My son is now in his 30s and has lived independently since 2003. Without the knowledge and direction I have received through my involvement with Parent to Parent I doubt this would have succeeded. I look forward to many more years of inspiration, encouragement, friendship and learning with Parent to Parent.
Secretary – Treasurer
Secretary – Treasurer
I am a single mum, sole carer and advocate for my two young adult daughters, one of whom has Rett Syndrome, leaving her with severe multiple disabilities & complex health issues, while my other daughter is dealing with serious mental health issues. In these roles, I have experienced a wide range of services in the disability, mainstream health & mental health sectors.
Originally from Sydney, I grew up in country NSW & Victoria and then Melbourne, travelled and worked overseas in the 70s then back to Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra for a career in the 80s & 90s in IT support, at the Dept of Social Security (which became Centrelink), at both their regional and head-office levels. The girls and I moved from Canberra to the Sunshine Coast in 1999, to be nearer my aging parents, and am now gaining experience in the aged care sector too!
Apart from my time with P2P, my community involvement in the disability sector has included many years of representation on a number of committees, including Disability Services Accommodation Support & Respite Services Advisory Committee, DS funded service providers Equity Works (previously Sunshine Coast Family Networks Inc) Management Committee and Respite Plus Steering Committee, as well as the Nambour Special School P&C.
I have volunteered at the P2P State Centre in Yandina since 2000, collating and reporting NMDS outputs for DS as well as developing, maintaining and supporting P2P’s Activity Monitoring System database. I have been a regular Board Member since 2005 and Secretary/Treasurer since 2006, working closely in that role with P2P’s operational management team and financial administrators. I am continually inspired by the passion and commitment of all the P2P members and staff and feel privileged to be able to work in such an uplifting environment.
I live in Yandina on the Sunshine Coast with my husband and two daughters.
I began working with Parent to Parent in February 2000 and have been in the role the General Manager since 2011. I am kept busy working to prepare older carers for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme into Queensland through the NDIS Participant Readiness Initiative.
I enjoy expanding my knowledge and have a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training and Assessment as well as a Certificate IV in Community Services Management.
I am a member of the Health and Community Services Workforce Council Industry Reference Group and am honoured to be on the newly formed NDIS Queensland Transition Advisory Group. I am the Queensland representative on Inclusion Australia and represent Parent to Parent on the On Track Co-operative.
I am very excited to be part of the creation of the first Our Voice group in Queensland.
My husband and I live in the beautiful but busy harbour city of Gladstone, Queensland, We have four adult children and seven beautiful grandchildren. One of our sons was born with an intellectual disability and autism.
When he was born we were told to leave Gladstone as there would never be anything here for him, we chose to stay. However, I felt very isolated during that time and along with other parents longed for a network of parents across Queensland that could support each other. It is thrilling to see a shared vision become a reality, through the work of Parent to Parent.
The reason I have been involved in Parent to Parent since the beginning is I have also had a passion to see parents who have a family member with a disability become empowered advocates for their son or daughter. With the person centred planning tools that Parent to Parent use, it is amazing to see this change happen and their family member go on to achieve their hopes and dreams and goals. It gives me great pleasure to be involved in such a respected organisation.
Apart from Parent to Parent, I serve on the Gladstone Community Linking Agency Board, a Person centred service. Set up by parents and managed by parents for the past 20 years. I have also served in the past on the Disability Services Regional Council, Education Queensland Advisory Council, and the Gladstone and District Respite Care Association.
Hopefully, with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, I believe there could be exciting times ahead for people who have a disability finally receiving their entitlements. More power to the people!
I have lived in Gladstone for 39 years and for the last 25 years have been involved in the disability sector.
My interest in disability has been driven by a desire for Social Justice for all and also by having three nieces with varying disabilities.
For 16 years I worked for Disability Services in the role of Resource Officer and Family Support Co-ordinator. During this time, I became involved with Parent to Parent and was a professional partner working with Judy Young on establishing a local branch of Parent to Parent. I also helped establish a respite care facility, toy library, community access service, accommodation support service and a local branch of Women’s Health. I am continually impressed by the drive and determination shown by parents in their desire for a community life for their family members.
I served for 10 years as a member on the Health Community Council and also on the Communities for Children Committee where I was able to ensure that people with a disability were considered in decision making which affected their lives. Currently I serve as a board member for a community disability agency and also take part in a reading program for Grade 6/7 students.
What spare time my husband and I have is devoted to looking after and enjoying our very lively grandchildren
I am the parent of two children, one of whom has a disability. I am a Lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland’s consumer protection unit. My involvement in disability issues is widespread and I am a passionate social justice advocate. I am a board member of the Credit and Investment Ombudsman Limited. I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In the disability area, besides undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of my own child and other children, I assist in my capacity as a consumer protection lawyer for clients with an impaired capacity. I have a keen interest in credit and debt issues as they affect people with an impaired capacity.
I have promoted the importance of informed consent when selling goods and services to people with an Intellectual Disability and universal accessibility issues for all consumers accessing complaints mechanisms in the telecommunications and financial services sector.
I have been a member of Parent to Parent since 2000. One of the things I have most enjoyed over the many years with Parent to Parent is having the opportunity to be part of training events with other parents some of this training focusing on social justice which is an affirmation of my own beliefs and values.
I am a long-term resident of the Sunshine Coast and live in Buderim with my Wife Narelle. We are both kept busy with our 5 grandchildren, involvement with the U3A, volunteering in the community, Car clubs, golf and currently with our small but vibrant wedding car business.
In 2013 I retired from my teaching career with the Queensland Department of Education, which had spanned over 40 years. For much of that time my role was that of School Principal, at a number of schools across Queensland. My last appointment was to Beerwah State School in 1993. Over the next 21 years I saw significant change occur in the school and it’s community. Most significant of these was the growth of the enrolment of children with special needs who were supported by the school with the valuable assistance of the staff of the Special Education and Early Childhood Development Programs.
My goal as Principal was to develop, foster and maintain a supportive school environment in which all staff on site were focused on the children in their care, providing them with a balanced, holistic and inclusive educational program whilst developing strong partnerships with their parents and their community.
My long term interest in School Sport also lead me to the positions of Chairman of the Queensland School Sport Management Committee and executive member of School Sport Australia. These positions, I held for over 6 years. The responsibilities involved in these roles gave me the opportunity to develop the skills required for strategic planning, effective communication and interaction with departmental representatives, State sporting bodies, coaches, teachers, parents and students at a State and National level.
These skills continue to be adapted and utilised to match the requirements of our business as well as in the role I have as the secretary of the Citroën Car Club of Queensland.
I look forward to the opportunity to assist and support the hard working staff and the volunteers of the Parent to Parent Organisation.
I am the mother of three and have recently welcomed our next generation in the form of a little ray of light known as my Grandson. My youngest daughter, Allycia and I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for eight years.
My passion for social justice and the rights of people with disability was ignited when Allycia was born and we adore our community with its diversity and vibrancy. We have enjoyed a life dotted with some amazing experiences including sharing our journey on film.
Working with Parent 2 Parent as a Plan Manager means sharing the journey with those on similar pathways and creating futures with hope and optimism. Sometimes those futures come easier than others, but it is important that we continue to move forward inspite of the obstacles that come our way.
Plan Manager South
Plan Manager South
I was born in Townsville but moved to Brisbane when I was three. I have lived here ever since and have two adult sons, who I love to bits! Apart from a long teaching background, I worked in the Department of Communities for 6 years, so I have a little insight into how the disability system ticks. The thing I love most about my job is the people, and I am passionate about getting it right for them.
My role as a Plan Manager is to coordinate your supports and assist you to understand what is possible with your support funding.
I cover the area between Moreton Bay Region and the NSW border.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hi my name is Steven and I live in Toowoomba I have been involved in a number of community, employment, educational and Government projects in my region and maintain personal contact with a number of key personnel. I am well known in the Disability and Community sector, as well as by educational bodies such as schools, TAFE, University and Training Organisations, Sporting Clubs and Associations, and Government departments.
In 2009 I was honoured to be awarded the Darling Downs Volunteer of the Year Award for my involvement in developing youth sport and I remain active in promoting equal opportunities for the disadvantaged in the community.
Hi my name is Pearl, I was born in South Africa and have been living in Gladstone, Australia since 2007. I have been blessed with three great men in my life, my husband and two sons. Because my youngest has Down Syndrome, I have always been interested in gathering relevant information and learning skills that help toward achieving desired outcomes.
My journey with Parent to Parent started as a parent, then a volunteer and today I work with a great and supportive team in Gladstone. It is rewarding knowing that in different ways, we all contribute to helping other families also reach their goals.
Hi my name is Renita. I live in the lovely South Burnett with my husband and 3 sons. We enjoy country life and the blessings and challenges that this entails. While supporting our second son to live a full and enjoyable life, I have learnt a lot from the journey of others towards a life that is right for them.
At Parent to Parent, I enjoy the opportunity to both share experiences and learn with others ways to achieve a good life.
Hi! My name is Beth and I currently live in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. I share a home with my wonderful husband and two terrific children, one boy and one girl. I have lived most of my life in Arizona and have had the privilege of traveling the world extensively. My family moved to the Sunshine Coast about 2 years ago and we now understand why this is the most beautiful place on earth. I feel so privileged to be living in paradise.
My life experience has afforded me a number of unique opportunities and insights from which I have learnt much about myself and the concerns and motivations of others. I have spent the last 30 years working in the airline industry as a flight attendant with a major airline. Always I have been expected to take the lead, think on my feet and to promote a safe and comfortable environment for both passengers and colleagues. Having spent so many years in the service industry, I am naturally drawn to people and take much pride in helping people to obtain the best outcomes for their life.
When my daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2009, my family and I began a journey which has been both challenging and rewarding. We have learnt much along the way and continue to gain knowledge and understanding of what is available to and for families and persons with disabilities. I became aware of the Parent to Parent Organisation during an expo at my daughter’s special school. I am happy to be a part of a team that strives to assist, enhance and enable the outcomes and lives of families and persons with disabilities.
Hello, my name is Matt and I live with my family in Morningside. I have a personal interest in supporting meaningful relationships within education for people with learning disabilities. My work background stems from promoting wellness and community inclusion for people living with mental illness. I completed a Masters in Human Services in 2015 and have worked in Brisbane for the last 25 years as a community and development worker
NDIS Coordinator Toowoomba
NDIS Coordinator Toowoomba
I initially started my career in the building industry and completed my apprenticeship as a Carpenter and Joiner. I operated my own business in the building industry until I found out my son was Deaf, he was almost at 3 years old (1993), After my son was diagnosed as being profoundly Deaf, this led me on the journey of learning sign language to communicate with my son.
In 1998 I was accredited as a Para – Professional Sign Language Interpreter. This started the transition from the building industry to the disability and community involvement.
For the past 16 years, I have managed two non-profit organisations that specialised in providing disability employment services and community support.
I have set up the legal business structure for a social enterprise, Ability Enterprises Ltd, Toowoomba’s first Social Enterprise to establish industry contracts that enable people with a disability to be employed in flexible working conditions. Ability Enterprises won the contract to operate the gatehouses on all of Toowoomba Regional Council Waste Management sites. This has created 50 jobs in the local area, 38 jobs were filled with people with a disability. Ability Enterprises objectives is to provide real work opportunities to long-term unemployed and people with a disability.
Also, I was part of the development committee which established Bounce, hole in the wall coffee outlet. Bounce was the first social enterprise coffee outlet in Toowoomba and now has grown to three outlets. Bounce motto is ‘it’s more than what’s in the cup’