Firstly, I would like to introduce myself as a teacher in the fields of music and art. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Art in 2003 as a photojournalist, I have advocated for Social Justice and Human Rights. My work has been exhibited locally and internationally in mixed media formats of photojournalism, art, music, writing and public speaking over two decades.
My focus has been to highlight marginalised sectors of the community concerning drug and alcohol awareness, domestic violence advocacy and youth support projects. It has been this experience that has inspired me to become a freelance photojournalist and promote justice in the areas of mental illness and disability services. Post Graduate studies in law and social sciences led me to the completion of a creative led PhD project that promotes social and cultural awareness through art and theatre.
Owning two art galleries assisted in supporting the community by advocating the arts and valuing the voices of the youth and the marginalised. My role as gallery director was to uncover the creative talents of emerging artists through supporting local exhibitions and promoting community art projects.
I am passionate about business development and the future of regional Bendigo and appreciate the collaboration required in developing social inclusiveness within community.
My teaching experience in the arts has given me the opportunity to teach in Melbourne and regional settings. I value the needs of our youth and the elderly and their contribution to the wider community. I have experienced the importance of the arts in the development of Bendigo and its rich historical significance in Victoria.
The goldfields region have been beneficial to the hospitality sector providing opportunities for employment, tourism, cultural diversity and economic growth initiatives. I’m optimistic about the scope and vision of Bendigo and I look forward to being a part of its prosperity.