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deathuncategorizedwork

Much more than a job

As a young 17 year old I was trained to be a police officer but nothing prepared me for the day about two years into the job when I was called out for a motor vehicle incident. A car had …

culturefamilyuncategorized

Home at last

After many years absence from my family’s Eastern European Church, I recently returned to attend the funeral of my childhood friend’s father. Walking in, I felt a welcome sense of familiarity. The church hadn’t changed at all. The look, feel …

familygratitudehappinessuncategorizedyouth and teens

My “you’re not my father” attitude

My mum and dad split when I was 7. Then my step dad came on the scene and I really didn’t like him. I had that whole “you’re not my father” attitude. At some stage during my late teens it …

addictionfamilyparentingrelationshipsuncategorized

Choosing a better future

I was with my boyfriend for five years and we had a good relationship. We had a planned pregnancy and were looking forward to our future…until he started taking drugs. Things changed and his new friends began hanging around. I …

freedomhappinessneighboursuncategorized

Who cares where the car is parked!

I live in a small retirement village with 12 other people. Half are good, half are not. Whilst a few of us go to happy hour, chat and have a good time, the others complain about the little things, like …

empowermentfamilyfearrelationshipsreligionspirituality

From a rough start to a greater purpose

From the age of five, three of my uncles sexually abused me. Whenever my parents had a party there would be a lot of drinking and one of my uncles would creep into the bedroom I shared with my sisters …

compassionconnectionhappinesshumilityInjury and disabilityparentinguncategorizedwork satisfaction

Everyone needs connection

I was lucky enough to have a successful but intense legal and investment banking career and so in 2003, at the age of 40, I decided to take time out and do something else. I volunteered at The Matthew Talbot …

uncategorizedwork

Injury to insight

I went to Papa New Guinea in 1990, to work as the Travel Lodge Banquet Manager. I had finished cashing up one evening and got into my car, when a silver sedan pulled up behind me and two guys got …

culturediscriminationfamilyparentinguncategorized

Kids don’t discriminate

My family and I have lived in Australia for 7 years. I came here to study and now I am a chef. We moved so we could offer our children a better future. Life is good in Australia but we …

culturehappinessuncategorized

Sweet music

I grew up in Romania and Greece and lived through the Depression and both wars. I arrived in Australia in the 40s on an American warship. I’ll never forget sailing into Sydney Harbour and seeing Luna Park. I thought it …