Giving back to my Local Community
Raised as a farmer’s daughter, your learn how giving back and community contribution is key to living a fulfilling life. I gain immense satisfaction assisting charities that touch my heart. I regularly volunteer for Smart Pups Assistance Dogs, The Compass Institute, The Pajama Foundation and Information Centre Glass House Mountains.
Training Guide & Assistance Dogs
For 20 years, I’ve loved training Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs. Being part of their 12 month training and taking them into cafes, restaurants, on public transport and anywhere a vision impaired client goes. Yes it breaks your heart a little when they leave (ok, massively being truthful). The wonderful outcome allows clients with medical conditions, disabilities and visual impairments enjoy a better quality of life helping them travel, socialise…and enjoy an independent life once more.
Training Guide Dog ‘Lucy’
Training Smart Pup ‘Calvin’
Training Assistance Dog ‘Kiri’
Santa fun time Kiri and my husband
Training Seeing Eye Dog ‘Paige’
Fund raising for The Compass Institute
My charity of choice is The Compass Institute where I help with fund raising events on a regular basis. It is an award winning Sunshine Coast based charity run by David Dangerfield and is dedicated to providing support for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
'Pyjama Angel’ for the Pyjama Foundation
As a ‘Pyjama Angel’ I visit the same child (cherub) each week who’s in foster care. Together we read books, play educational games and work on literacy/numeracy skills. The Pyjama Foundation is non-for profit, running for 14 years and providing a learning-based mentoring Program to more than 1300 children in care.
By improving learning, life skills and confidence, the child feels valued as an individual - giving a foster child the chance to reach their life potential - despite a fragile start.
Volunteering at Glass House Information Centre
For 5 years and just around the corner from where we live, once a month it’s fun to help our Information Centre. We meet local, interstate/international tourists, back-packers on foot, families with caravans, bikers, trekkers and the odd 4WD enthusiast. It’s a great way to meet a diverse range of people while showcasing the beautiful Glass House Mountains.
Professional Speaker on Explorer of the Seas 2018
Being invited onto the Royal Caribbean cruise as a Professional Speaker to Vanuatu, Mere and Mystery Island was a wonderful experience! Delivering four talks (on sea days) to over 300 passengers on the subjects of Face Reading, How we hold onto emotions in our bodies and How to tell if somebody is lying to you by understanding micro expressions. The crowd at each talk were fascinated with the subjects and my hubby and I also celebrated 4 years of wedded bliss on Valentines Day!
Completing 8 week fitness challenge – HIIT Australia 2017
After experiencing a health crisis in 2017 (bronchitis that turned into pneumonia, that turned into pleurisy), being hospitalised twice and on 5 rounds of antibiotics…I was not able to even walk to the gate without being out of breath due to being unable to exercise for 3 months. In 8 weeks, I regained my fitness, lost body fat and increased my muscle tone, along with a superb group of 60 members and wonderful trainers.