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Colina Knol Choose Thrive Catholic Christian Youth Mental Health Charity DGR Endorsed PBI North Gosford Central Coast NSW Australia
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I believe that youth need support and direction to help them navigate through the various obstacles and deceptions that they encounter as they head towards adulthood. Due to no fault of their own, many youth have never developed an adequate ‘compass’ that would direct them on a path that leads to contentment and peace, instead they are blindly heading on a road to nowhere.

The combination of my experience as Assistant Principal at Angelorum College, living and working internationally, my years of teaching high school students, together with raising my own five children, has given me a variety of opportunities to gain insight into the challenges that our young people face today.  

By providing young people with support and values that are based on truth, goodness and beauty, they can be given the confidence and skills to overcome the many obstacles that they will face in our world today. They will understand that life is not easy or always fair , but by developing a life ‘compass’ they can learn to make choices that will allow them to live in a way that will enable them to thrive! 


  • Assistant Principal, Angelorum College
  • Multi-year Class Teacher (7-10), Angelorum College
  • Science, Mathematics and Religious Education Teacher, Years 7 - 10, St Augustine's College
  • Senior Biology Teacher, St Augustine's College
  • Science, Mathematics & Special Needs Educator, UK & The Netherlands
  • Sacramental Coordinator, Star of the Sea, Gladstone
  • 17 years of parenting, 5 children, including Home Schooling for several years in Australia and Internationally


  • Diploma of Education, Secondary
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Mathspace National Transformative 20 Award, 2019


  • Queensland College of Teachers


"People are often unreasonble and self-centred. Forgiven them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."

St Teresa of Calcutta

Choose Thrive is a Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing charity, located on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. 

We develop creative solutions to support vulnerable and at-risk youth within our local community. Our solutions are delivered by mental health professionals trained in supporting young people.

Our people are guided by the Catholic values of compassion, courage, and charity. We hold the core belief that given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive.

Choose Thrive Inc (INC1901073) is an Australian registered
Public Benevolent Charity, & has been endorsed
by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.

Choose Thrive Youth Young Adult Family Mental Health Wellbeing Charity DGR Endorsed Public Benevolent Institution PBI Gosford Central Coast NSW Australia Cafe Michele Gower

54 Hills Street, North Gosford NSW 2250, Australia
0414 210 810 (Michele Gower)
Choose Thrive offers mental health and wellbeing support to Central Coast Youth & Young Adults, and their Families.

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