Founder – HALT > Hope Assistance Local Tradies

I believe I have a message that can inspire, motivate and encourage people to challenge themselves to explore their leadership style and create change

My message and story are based on real life events and my talks relate to the content on a personal level,

A bit about me:

Where did you come from?

I was born in Bendigo, Victoria but spent time in Inner city Melbourne in my teenage years and early twenties, then moved to Castlemaine where I have been for twenty-three years! Castlemaine keeps me grounded, it’s a well-balanced, tolerant and supportive town with lots of inspiring people in both the creative and social change fields.

No matter where I am in Australia, I’m warmed by the thought of getting back to Castlemaine.

Where you are right now?

sitting in a meeting room downstairs from my office borrowing their internet as HALT doesn’t have internet in our office.

What challenges have you endured?

Discussing Suicide and Suicide prevention is still wrapped in generations of stigma and taboo, this is the biggest challenge, breaking through these cultural obstacles and tweaking people attitude to talking about mental illness.

Funding; we have built HALT from nothing, except a strong Castlemaine community spirit to try and stop the high rates of suicide, five years later we have spread across five states and over 250 events with no direct state or federal government funding yet…it’s going to come, that I’m confident about!

My work/life balance. I speak from the heart and from personal experiences so it’s challenging to control the emotional and vulnerable people in those stories.

Sometimes I want to spend 24/7 working on my charity, really, that’s’ probably just some insecurities around other aspects of my life that aren’t working.

What inspires you?

The same thing that worries me inspires me, humans.

Where are you going?

HALT is expanding across Australia and then the world! I’m just along for the ride!

Do you have any messages to others?

The pain of regret is far greater than the pain of hard work.

Focus on one idea, one concept, submerge yourself in the morals and ethics around that, don’t be put off by money, surround yourself with people that inspire, motivate, support and encourage you, but give equally as much as you take

 What does your background look like?

4 primary schools, just passed year twelve, not sure how, found my own apprenticeship, I become a tradie, moved around 45 times in my life, still struggle but hey, what’s life without a few challenges and adventures!

Tell us what motivates you?

Friends and Family, strong passion and energy, my hobbies and interests, books, knowing my work with HALT is saving lives and making a difference in communities.

Tell us what inspires you to do what you do?

Hearing other people’s stories of wanting to set up social enterprises, not for profits or charities and where possible, mentoring them and seeing them grow in confidence and realise their full potential…although I don’t think anyone can ever reach full potential, who knows what our full potential is? Just catchy lingo…

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve done ?

I choose to be childless by choice, why would I want to bring a child into this world… no thanks, a courageous yet easy choice!

What does your future you look like / Where do you see yourself ?

Driving around Australia in a small campervan turning up randomly at HALT events and enjoying the free food…and socialising

Travelling the world visiting famous military battle sites…

Running HALT across Australia, having HALT workers across Australia, involvement with the UN and WHO and running a global suicide prevention campaign.

Who is your real life hero – and why?

Heroes are best left in Greek Mythology..

If you could give any advice to others wanting to succeed, what would it be?

Work hard, be passionate, use lots of clichés, cultivate your own look, realise that the only person who can waste your time is you, reach out for help, surround yourself with positive and helpful people, it’s about you, it’s not selfish it’s self-care and use a lot of comma’s