Australian of The Year Awards

2018 VIC Local Hero

I never set out to seek acclaim or recognition for my volunteer work, and just wanted to share love, compassion and empathy towards others. Being named 2018 Victorian Local Hero was a kind gesture of acknowledgement and confirmation that I am heading down the right path in life. After being made redundant from the automotive industry closure in October, this recognition came at a very important time to give me confidence to move forward to accelerate and expand my activities. The friends, connections and opportunities that have opened up through the awards process has been the most valuable aspect for me, not the actual award itself.