Kathleen emigrated from the USA in 1979 and landed in Byron Bay. A mum of 7 and grandmother of 6 Kathleen is long-term resident of both the Byron and Tweed Shires. Kathleen has an impressive resume of experience in volunteering.
In 1984 Kathleen started the Home Birth Support Group where she partnered with midwives providing education and support to pregnant and post natal mums.
In the 90’s Kathleen joined the board of the Byron Bay Youth House where she held positions and was the first women appointed as president to the board. During this time Kathleen also worked closely with Sydney City Mission setting up a Victims of Crime Support Group in Lismore. The group supported families who victims of crime mainly homicide.
Kathleen completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Counseling and Welfare and a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work. While completing this certificate Kathleen volunteered with a group of acupuncturists working with drug and alcohol clients. Kathleen obtained a certificate in ear acupuncture and worked with clients in Nimbin, Lismore and Ballina.
As a change of pace Kathleen volunteered as a Palliative Support Carer and was on the board at Wedgetail Hospice in Murwillumbah. This role was at times very sad but being able to be with someone when others couldn’t and just sit and hold their hand was very special.
In 2013 Kathleen joined The Family Centre as a casual child minder. She became interested in the work The Family Centre were doing in the community and joined the newly formed Volunteer Leadership Group (VLG) and she hasn’t looked back…
Kathleen has driven a number of community projects through the VLG these have included:
· Donation boxes at local shops and businesses
· Buddy Benches in local schools in collaboration with
the Tweed Heads Men’s Shed
· Books for Early Literacy with over 600 books given to
children and families in our
She has also been a community advocate for The Family Centre forming relationships whilst going about her daily routine. One of those was while doing her banking at the Kingscliff Commonwealth Bank, her incidental chats with the tellers led to a grant for The Family Centre’s successfully applying for a $10,000 grant for the REALskills programs in local high schools.
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