Litte Sister Ambassador
What comes to my mind when I hear the words “positive role model”? I personally envision Captain Planet, but; since he’s fictional it’s very unlikely that he’s going to come and mentor me any time soon so, I try again. This time, I think of a big sister – someone I can look up to and admire; someone caring, special, and wise but above all, someone I can trust.
In 2008, I not only found one person like that. I met a whole organisation of women like that. In 2007 I was nominated for the 2008 SISTER2sister program. In 2008, I graduated as a little sister. Through the patience, persistence and reliable effort exerted by my big sister, Sally Stanley, and the many incredible women who volunteer themselves for the program, I am now exceptionally motivated, driven and goal orientated. The passion inside me was drawn out as I learnt about myself and how valuable I am to the world, and now, thanks to the guidance and support I’ve received since entering the program, I’m an incredibly happy and fulfilled person who has so much to give back.
Now, 2010, I’m a Higher School Certificate graduate. I’m a volunteer as the Membership Communication Officer on the NSW Red Cross Youth Advisory Committee. In 2009 I spent a week in America representing Australia as an Australian Youth Ambassador at a Global Youth Leadership Summit run by the Anthony Robbins Foundation, which I’m due to attend again this year. I’m a volunteer on the YMCA’s Youth Advisory Committee for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern. I currently work full time in Sydney City. I’m building my own Organisation; ‘Confidence through Culture’ which is an initiative designed to increase confidence in young Indigenous students through a greater understanding of their traditional heritage and I’m writing a personal development themed novel, which is directed at youth in order to encourage positive friendships and the value of trust.
One day, I want to build an Interactive Environmental Education Centre in the heart of Sydney City so that schools from all over locally and nationally can visit and learn to appreciate our Earth and gain knowledge about the environment and our incredible impact on it.
In my local community, I hope to one day open a youth centre which will run services available to young people who require tutoring or counseling and services for youth at risk who are experiencing abuse, depression, self harm, substance abuse and young people who are homeless.
I delivered a speech, on behalf of the little sisters of the SISTER2sister program at the launch of Natalie Bassingthwaighte & Nikki Moore’s personal development book, Sistahood. I’ve been in the Sunday Herald paper, the Daily Telegraph and Life Magazine. I have featured in Girlfriend magazine, Dolly magazine and have also been published in Turning Point on behalf of the Life Changing Experiences Foundation. I also share my story to raise funds for the SISTER2sister program.
In 2007 I was nominated for the 2008 SISTER2sister program. In 2008 I graduated as a much stronger person and an incredibly happy me. Yay!