I'm a wife, a Mum of 4 (ages 10 to 21), an Autism Parent Adviser, a Mental Health Youth Advisor, a Program Director, and CEO and Founder of Choose Thrive Inc.
MY PASSION IS HELPING PEOPLE THRIVE
I combine my 21 years of parenting, (including raising a son with autism) and overcoming my own mental health challenges with my professional experience and qualifications in the areas of mental health, parent support and youth work to help individuals and families become the best they can be.
At the age of 6, my son, Joshua, was diagnosed with Autism. Going against the recommendation to put him on antipsychotic medication, my husband and I choose instead, to him overcome his challenges . Now at the age of 18, Josh is thriving (Read more about Josh's story)
In my 30’s I was diagnosed with a mental health disorder. I successfully overcame my diagnosis and now use my own success stories and life experience as motivation to help others.
I have mentored and coached youth and young adults to help them overcome obstacles in their lives, many of which have gone on to achieve much more than they'd ever imagined possible. I just love young people!
I have also volunteered in a range of varied roles over the years.
I enjoy collaborating with other people whose values and vision of the future aligns with mine.
My Christian values of Faith, Family, Freedom, Community, Compassion & Truth are what drives me.
I love to see young people living a life of purpose, passion, and peace.
I honestly believe, that given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive.
MY EXPERIENCE - PROFESSIONAL AND SERVING MY COMMUNITY
MY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT