Our Board of Management
Meet Our Team
I feel very privileged and proud to be the Manager of SWARA. I have known of the organisation for many years and have always liked the values and philosophies it has at the core of everything it does. Now that I work within the organisation I can see that the participants, volunteers and staff are true to these values and philosophies. I have 16 years’ experience in the disability sector, I started in a special education unit in my local high school and then became an employment coordinator and trainer. During this time I assisted in the setup of a registered training organisation. I have been Manager and CEO of disability services delivering post school programs, respite, supported accommodation and intensive support both physical and behavioral, giving me experience in all aspects of the sector. I have been involved in transition planning for the NDIS and in 2015 went to the Geelong trial site to see firsthand how the National Disability Insurance Agency worked. The reason why I have stayed in the sector for so long is the people I work for, the people with disabilities. Whist being some of the most vulnerable people in the community I can honestly say that they are some of the nicest people I have ever met, their spirit, kindness and honesty is an inspiration to me every day. I hope as Manager I can pass that onto whoever is part of SWARA and bring the public in to see just what a great environment this is to be in. Please come in and say hi and experience it for yourself.
I started as a volunteer in 2010 and shortly after I was hired as the administration assistant. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma of Business Administration. I enjoy working at SWARA because I get to witness firsthand the results of our staff’s hard work evolve into rewarding outcomes for our clients. There are so many words that I could use to describe SWARA. What strikes me most is how SWARA and the Pink Twins have reached out and touched so many families and people throughout the years in a caring and helping manner. This brings me a sense of fulfilment as the values align with my own personal goals of wanting to help people where ever I can.
Senior Support Worker
I first started working at SWARA in January 2009. Over the years I have been given the privilege of becoming Senior Support Worker, Temporary manager 2 days per week, WPHS Officer and First Aid Officer. I am enjoying the extra responsibilities and learning more of the duties that are associated with managing a facility such as SWARA. Earlier in my career I was an aged care nurse for 19 years, then I left work for Pioneer Road Services for a few years. I realised I needed to get back to working with people again as I have a calling for this type of work, which brings out my calming, peaceful, and loving nature. I love helping people and bringing out the full potential which is in every client to achieve their own goals and pathways.
Learning Skill Coordinator
Family and Support Counsellor