I am a qualified Early Childhood Educator and am completing studies towards a Masters of Education (Research), where I am investigating the lived experience of parents/guardians/carers of gifted children. I am passionate about family engagement and making the system easier for families to navigate, and our school's family friendly environments that foster lifelong learning.
I work in the Australian Public Service supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their families. I bring to the CSPACG my experience as a Director of Early Childhood Services, and diverse roles in early and middle childhood services; consultant, Children’s Services Development Officer; Family Day Care Coordinator; and membership of accreditation committees for Children’s Services in Early Childhood, Family Day Care and Outside of School Hours Care settings. I co-developed a web-based early childhood expert programming and record keeping system. My previous work as a Children’s Services Advisor licensing early childhood services in the Southern Highlands, and establishing a Family Links Centre in the ACT under a Commonwealth Government initiative, have provide valuable insight into the family experience. I served on my children’s primary school council for 10 years in various roles including Chair, Kidsmatter Liaison, and Early Childhood expert. I served on the Board responsible for four Preschools in several roles including Deputy Chair, and on my children’s Preschool Committee as President, Vice President, committee member and community representative.
I attended the launch of the CSPACG in 2014. I became a CSPACG councillor in 2016 and the privilege of being a representative on the committee developing the Parent Charter.
In 2017, I represented the CSPACG at a Family Engagement Conference with national and international speakers. I assisted with the CSPACG’s first Family Engagement Conference in 2017 and the launch of the website in 2018. When my children moved to secondary school, I became the CSPACG’s ACT representative.
I love watching my children play soccer, enjoying time with good friends and family.