I am passionate about the Mornington Peninsula where I work and live with my family. As a teacher, I have had the privilege of engaging daily with a wide cross-section of our community, helping me tune into the issues that matter. With over 15 years of involvement with many community organisations, from kindergarten committees to running successful community sporting clubs, I have demonstrated a capacity to get things done and have a positive impact on people’s lives.

As a long-term resident I have been actively engaged with the community since the day I arrived. I am a passionate community member who believes that local action can cause a ripple effect that impacts every corner of our society. I like to get involved and am always up for a challenge. I am willing to take on important causes that are important to the community. I listen carefully and support passionately. I recognise our diverse populations, from our youth to our elders in all their unique forms and I will strive for equity for all residents on the Mornington Peninsula. I am dedicated to educating others about the traditional owners, the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, and in the spirit of reconciliation hope to support the next stage of the journey through self-determination.

A leader, in many forms, since my youth, I have actively represented my community on many platforms. Through the School Council I advocated for, and supported, young people to walk and ride safely by working with parents, students, council and Monash University to calm traffic around schools. When children could not find a team to play basketball with, I formed and led a club that has provided a place for participants and families to connect. As Chief Instructor in a local Lifesaving club, I trained hundreds of people from our youth through to older adults in gaining important qualifications that support the wider community.

Education is at the core of my being. I have been a classroom teacher for 11 years teaching many incredible children, all with amazing talents. In fact any community really is just like a classroom. Many different views that all require hearing and listening in order to move forward together. I use questioning and listening techniques to assist all sides in understanding various viewpoints. Finding the balance is key. Taking people along on the journey builds everyone’s capacity and improves social capital.

As a trail runner and Parkrun participant, I have covered all corners of the Peninsula and I understand the delicate balance needed between maintaining the Peninsula’s unique landscape and making sure we have a vibrant community that remains open for business with new opportunities to thrive sustainably into the future. Working together we can strike the right balance. There are opportunities we have not uncovered that will create jobs and improve our climate action response.