I am an active lifesaver at the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club and cannot speak highly enough of the Surf Life Saving movement. For me, Surf Life Saving has been a way to keep fit, spend time outdoors, meet local people and be part of a movement committed to protecting and saving life.
I am also a keen environmentalist and founding member of Friends of the Lower Field River, a land care group established by Hallett Cove residents in 2006 to protect and care for the lower portion of the Field River and its environs. As a group, we have been dedicated to engaging the broader community and listening to what locals want for the area and I think this approach is part of our success in transforming the Lower Field River.
In my elected role it has been fantastic to further this environmental work by developing the vision for Glenthorne National Park, a concept which would see the preservation and revitalisation of large portions of open space in Adelaide’s southern suburbs including Glenthorne Farm, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Marino Conservation Park and the Field River Valley.
Another important community-focused initiative I have been involved with is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (a youth development program), which I personally completed in 2008. As part of my ongoing involvement with the award, I was honoured to be asked to travel to the UK in June 2010 to take part in a program of social innovation workshops with a group of twelve young people recognised as ‘social innovators’ in their communities. I then served as a National Director of the Australian Duke of Edinburgh’s Award between 2010 and 2014.
In addition to local community work, I have also been involved in development work overseas in both Uganda and Zimbabwe. I travelled to Uganda in 2007 and 2009 with the Watoto organisation and in 2015 I was privileged to travel to Zimbabwe with World Vision.