Spends most of the day: Thinking, dreaming and getting stuff done
Has worked as: Disability Advocate, Mum, Consumer Rep, Financial Consultant
Study: Ba of Social Science (Psychology) with an interest in Sociology, Accounting & Finance in a distant life, long, long ago
Awards: National Disability Award for Excellence in Justice & Rights Protection 2016, Golden Key Member
Likes: When synergy happens – shazam!, my beautiful and humorous family, Elsie the dog, and secretly, numbers still give her joy
Dislikes: Silverbeet, Multiple Sclerosis and when people are basically inconsiderate humans
In her spare time: tries to be a foodie, converses with chickens, turns dirt and plants things whilst listening to Indie Folk
Advocacy Team Lead
Spends most of the day: Trying to make a difference where it counts and thinking of ways to get out of cooking dinner.
Has worked as: An Access and Equity coordinator working with Aboriginal, Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Disability communities, DHHS, Enabling Women Co-ordinator the first co-ordinator at DARU, the CFA, housing… the list goes on…. As a teenager I worked as record store sales assistant (who remembers them?) which made me very popular at the time.
Study: Bachelor of Human Services, Masters in Social Policy, Yoga practice and philosophy
Likes: Music, people watching and sadly I’m a tennis tragic.
Dislikes: Intolerance, social isolation and chewing gum.
In her spare time: Movies, heading to the beach and travelling to exotic destinations
Spends most of the day: On the phone getting better outcomes for people with disabilities
Has worked as: Access and Inclusion Officer, Community Support Worker, Administration Officer
Study: Dip Comm Services, Bachelor of Social Work
Likes: Science fiction, ice cream, coffee, spending time outdoors
Dislikes: Cabbage, rats, The Bachelor
In her spare time: Spends as much time as possible near the ocean and going “off roading” in wheelchair with mixed results
You’d be surprised to learn: Kim has a slightly strange obsession with brightly coloured socks and has upwards of 30 pairs at last count
Spends most of the day: Working to make her dreams come true
Has worked as: An advocate, Cook, Restaurant Manager, and Youth Hostel Manager
Likes: Dogs, people, baking cakes and eating them, jam and cream on toast when scones are not available, Chocolate in moderation. Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, and Shiraz in no particular order
Dislikes: Fishy things and bananas
In her spare time: You’ll find Katrina far flung adventures travelling the world, swimming and kayaking
Spends most of the day: Working with the DRC and tutoring, with evenings dedicated to spending time with loved ones and chilling in front of the TV!
Has worked as: A tutor (English and French), an intake worker, an academic support worker and a policy/research worker.
Study: Bachelor of Arts (The University of Melbourne), Master of Social Work (RMIT)
Awards: Dux of VCE English and Literature 2011
Likes: Reading, walks in nature, listening to music, learning languages, travelling, art, dogs and cats
Dislikes: Social injustice and oppression of all kinds
In her spare time: Writes poetry, listens to music, catches up with loved ones and studies languages (currently Greek and Mandarin)
You’d be surprised to learn: In addition to tutoring English and French, Cath has a passion for art and art history. She loves helping her students develop ideas for the art folios.
Head of Campaigns
Spends most of her day: Fantasising about how we can all make the world a better place and trying not to sneeze too loudly
Has worked as: An art gallery tour guide, documentary producer/director and social entrepreneur
Study: BA Hons History and Film
Likes: The magical moments of human connection, sunshine, coffee, op shops, great big trees and being in water
Dislikes: Waste, unkindness, and being cold.
In her spare time: Cooks, watches films, ferries children and gets pulled up hill and down dale by a very naughty dog
Spends most of the day: Completing various administrative tasks for the head office
Has worked as: An Administration Officer, a fundraising officer, a sports coach and a board executive
Study: BA (Sociology & Legal Studies) and Master of International Relations
Likes: Travelling, AFL, and cheesecake
Dislikes: Olives, spiders, and Home & Away
In her spare time: Plays sports, goes on cultural and foodie tours, and to comedy shows
You’d be surprised to learn: Sinead is a second generation Australian, both her parents and entire family were born and reside in Ireland
Spends most of the day: Reading and writing about disability in Australia
Has worked as: A grant and bid writer, a philanthropy officer and a drama teacher
Likes: Dogs, ice cream and Star Trek
Dislikes: Capsicum, algebra and Star Wars
In her spare time: Directs feminist theatre and enjoys “off duty time” with her Assistance Dog, Kyla
You’d be surprised to learn: Anja has lived in the Netherlands, Belgium and the Unites States as well as Australia
Spends most of the day: Under her human’s desk, sniffing for physiological shifts
Has worked as: An Assistance Dog and cuddle bug
Study: Puppy pre school, assistance dog training
Likes: Food, balls and beaches
Dislikes: Possums, baths and the cone of shame
In her spare time: Sniffs for snacks in the yard and destroys fluffy toys