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Being a woman means being me, being true to myself. It’s the only thing I’ve known, so I try to make the most of it.

Right now, I would describe myself as peaceful.

My three favourite things are my cats, my husband and roller skating.

In Canberra there’s so much opportunity. I think that it’s actually a really great city, and particularly in the public service there’s a lot of career opportunities. Like a lot of people I came down for a job but now that I’m here I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

The hard things about being a woman in Canberra are the same as pretty much anywhere else—there’s always that judgement that comes from outside and that’s always something you have to deal with.

I’m finding it fairly easy to maintain my health and wellbeing in Canberra—it’s got lots of wide open spaces if you like going outside. It’s a really well built city. I think it’s actually got fantastic weather. And I also play roller derby so I train four times a week for that.

My perfect day in Canberra is something like this. It’s a bit overcast, but it’s cool, it’s pleasant and there’s so much going on. It’s one of the things I love about Canberra—if you look, there’s always something happening.

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Image created by Liz Thompson