What are the values that drive you?
Of all the things I value, integrity and authenticity has always ranked above them all. My favourite saying is that I will ‘say what I am going to do, and then do what I have said’. This is about integrity, being authentic and real, being honest, accountable, and trusted.
Beneath that, is kindness and understanding. Recognising that we are all human, have strengths, vulnerabilities, interests, and areas for growth – being kind to myself and to others. We can all be our harshest critic sometimes and we should also be our most avid cheerleader!
What is something in the Alcohol and other Drugs Sector must deal with that you want to fix?
Those of us working in the field know that it takes an enormous amount of courage for people to ask for help to minimise harm associated with alcohol and other drug use – and we know that this is often stems from the chronic stigma and discrimination that people experience in their lives.
My goal is to see people get access to the services and supports they need, when they make that call for help. Karralika Programs and the sector as a whole work hard to make this happen, but unfortunately the service system is often at full capacity and needs additional resources.
The sector also works hard to share information and stories to address the stigma and discrimination surrounding drug and alcohol use and treatment programs, as this stigma can prevent people from seeking help and living their best lives.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Love the outdoors whether that is walking through the bush or having my feet in the sand and swimming in the ocean.
“You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails”