I actually stumbled upon working with people with a disability in my first career. I’d just finished my Bachelor of Science university degree and was working as a horticulturalist in Welby Garden Centre in the NSW Southern Highlands. Welby ran a sheltered workshop for people with a disability via Challenge Southern Highlands. In addition to honing my own horticultural skills, I helped train the people with a disability. I loved it.
Despite this, I continued my work as a horticulturalist in a few different places and eventually moved back to my hometown of Bega. It was here I realised that there was more to the world and I remembered the joy I experienced when working with people with a disability at Welby. I saw a job advertised as an Employment Consultant at WorkAbility, a service of The Disability Trust, and thought that would be a great opportunity to rekindle the feeling I had at Welby and to make a difference.