Kate: Clinical Lead
I love being a DE because I am curious and enjoy learning about other people and what they aspire to. I like being able to facilitate steps that assist someone live their best life.
Growing up I thought I would be a racing car driver!
When I am not being a DE, you will find me outdoors. I love being in nature and exploring new places by running, hiking, kayaking, or camping out. Relaxing by the beach or around a campfire is my ideal downtime.
Not sure if it would be described as dancing.....awkward shuffling perhaps to Gang of Youths.
Kym: Administration Manager
Working in the disability sector is, for me, more than a job - it is a way to help those with disabilities gain independence in their lives and feel part of their community.
Growing up I thought I would be a ballerina or a singer and let's just say that my talents were not in these areas.....not even slightly. My Dad used to say that I am a bull in a China shop and that is not conducive to being a good ballerina.
When I am not working, I am constantly trying new things and learning new skills. At present I am teaching myself to knit and designing nappy cakes and nappy cupcakes for baby showers. My ultimate favourite thing to do when not working is being with my two granddaughters because they just make my day by being their ever-evolving selves.
I have to start dancing to any catchy song, and I may or may not dance depending on if I am by myself or not. Some of my favourites are 'Get Up' by Korn, 'Shut Up' by The Black Eyed Peas, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen, 'Fading Like a Flower' by Roxette, and 'The Animal Song' by Savage Garden (just to name a few).
I love being a DE because I get to contribute towards my clients building the skills that will help to make meaningful and positive changes in their lives.
Growing up I thought I would be a lead dancer in stage shows at Movie World.
When I am not being a DE you will find me sewing, gardening or out with friends.
I have to start dancing if I hear anything with a good rhythm and catchy lyrics. It doesn’t take much to entice me onto the dance floor.
I love being a DE because I get to work alongside a wide range of individuals with different strengths and interests. I enjoy working with clients to enhance their quality of life, increase their skills and meet their personal goals. Building meaningful and positive relationships is at the centre of everything I do and I strive to make everyone I work with feel valued, supported and heard.
Growing up I thought I would become a teacher, archeologist or writer (I just realised that I clearly wanted to be Indiana Jones haha!). I began my journey coaching and umpiring netball at a young age, and at age 14 I began volunteering in the disability field. I have always been passionate about equality and disability rights, and my passion continues to grow every day.
When I am not being a DE you can find me spending time with my golden retriever puppies (Millie and Loki), having brunch with friends, obsessing over Harry Potter, and reading.
I have to start dancing if I hear anything by Queen! And of course, singing the lyrics very very loudly!
I love being a DE because I meet and work alongside many fantastic people.As a DE, we get to share in working toward individualised and person-centred goals and celebrate all the wins together.
Growing up, I thought I would be a flight attendant.
When I am not being a DE, I will most likely be found styling hair for formals and weddings, or travelling to any and all spots I can get to.
I have to start dancing if I hear any song by Dua Lipa or Lizzo, although I would have a good crack at a dance to any song you send my way.
I love being a DE because I get to be creative and work differently with every individual that I meet. It is a privilege to be alongside someone as they develop a new skill or understanding. I love that my role allows me to build relationships where people can feel safe and in control, so they can express themselves, learn and grow.
Growing up I thought I would be a fashion designer or an architect. I spent a lot of time designing clothes and dream homes.
When I am not a DE I might be on an outdoor adventure or doing something creative. I like exploring the world of art and music. I also really love to laze around and do nothing at all!
I have to start dancing when I hear 90’s hip hop music... or Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’.
I love being a DE because I love connecting with people from all walks of life, with different stories, skills and dreams for the future! I love being able to use my clinical expertise to bring things back to finding and facilitating simple opportunities within people’s lives (and all the complexities life brings!) to build on their skills, and champion behind them as these skills translate into increased confidence and engagement in things that matter to them!
Growing up I thought I would be an ice cream truck driver (what can I say... I really loved (and still love) icecream!)
When I am not being a DE, you will find me checking out local cafes and going for walks with my husband!
I have to start dancing if I hear the song Gimme Gimme Gimme! by Abba (or anything by Abba in general)
I love being a DE because I am afforded the privilege and honour of working alongside individuals, young children and their families, and other service providers to help make a positive change within our society and in lives of those living with a disability.
Growing up I thought I would be a Nun.
When I am not being a DE you will find me watching Netflix or going for a walk.
I have to start dancing if I hear the song 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA
I love being a DE because I’m passionate about diverse communities, especially ones that embrace people with varied abilities. As a Developmental Educator I get the honour of helping to make this happen. I love being able to assist people to develop their skills and live the life they aspire to.
Growing up I thought I would be a travel writer. While this was not to be, I still like an adventure!
When I am not being a DE I will be hiking up a hill or walking a beach somewhere.
I have to start dancing to almost anything. I love music and moving
I love being a DE because it allows me to channel my crazy amounts of energy into planning and providing sessions.
The philosophy of my work would be to provide a therapeutic service to the individual and their support circle to promote a connected, happy and inclusive journey in all domains of their life.
Since I was seven, I wanted to work in disability. My dream was to become a nurse who specialised in working with young people who have a disability to reduce stress when requiring medical support.
When I am not being a DE I am spending time with my husband, and dog Willow, or riding one of my motorbikes on a motocross track. Friends and laughter are a big part of my life. Cooking or knitting with a glass of red wine is what I enjoy when I finally decide to be indoors.
I have to start dancing if I hear the song Mr Brightside by the killers or anything I can sing along to! (its how I get my housework done!) My neighbours have all heard me sing in the shower or while I am vacuuming.
I love being a DE because of the connections I develop and, therefore, building relationships with people in order to support them to develop skills that, in turn, assists them to achieve their personal goals.
Growing up I thought I would be a hairdresser or a beautician.
When I am not being a DE, I am raising a son, Oliver, and renovating our home with my husband.
I have to start dancing if I hear the song Yeah 3x by Chris Brown. Well, I’ll at least be singing along loudly!