For me being a woman is about freedom and opportunity. It’s the ability to be able to make my own decisions and be in control of what I do.

I often refer to myself as a highly talented public servant because the pay is good and regular. I also consider myself to be a bit of a travel-preneur.

I’ve been in Canberra for nearly 30 years. Back in 1985, I came to Canberra for 12 months for an employment opportunity with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational consultative group. Somehow or other, like a lot of people coming to Canberra, I’m still here, nearly 30 years later. It’s a fantastic place to be.

I think the best thing about being a woman in Canberra is the opportunities in the workforce and the public sector. Some people may disagree with me about that. The other great things that we have here are about community and culture: We’ve got a thriving arts community, and for a woman playing sport in this town, I think you’ve got many opportunities for participation. Also, the opportunity to network with friends and family is great in Canberra. When I first got here I didn’t have any family, so I created my own Canberra family which I still have today.

I think the hardest thing about being a woman in Canberra is the opposite of what I’ve just said. Sometimes it can be very isolating for women, particularly when you’re young and single or even as a young mother. Sometimes it can be difficult for women to actually achieve their career aspirations. But one thing I do say about Canberra is it’s big enough to get lost in or hide in, but it’s still small enough to be able to get around.

I think it’s easy to maintain your health and wellbeing in Canberra if you’re motivated. I think it’s difficult if you’re not. We all have well-intentioned ideas of keeping fit and healthy, and then the weather hits and our fit and healthy becomes indoors and staying warm.

I love autumn. When the leaves are changing. So my perfect day in Canberra is a beautiful autumn’s day watching the leaves change. Having a cup of tea with friends, and just being able to relax and enjoy life.

My three favourite things in life are: my family, my passion for travel and probably just being alive, just being a woman.


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