Our dedicated team is made up of individuals with an array of skills and qualifications. More importantly, our team is passionate to see our kids succeed in all aspects of their life.
Founder and Director
After many years of trying to be the perfect employee in the corporate world, trying to be the perfect friend, trying to be the perfect wife and trying to be the perfect mother to a 15 year old son with ASD and a 10 year old daughter, I finally had a 'breakthrough'. Most in the medical profession would have diagnosed me as having a breakdown, but for me it really was the breakthrough I needed. It forced me to stop. It forced me to really consider what I wanted from my life and it sent me on a search for 'my life purpose'.
I packed up my family, leaving the beautiful Samford Valley behind us, put them on an airplane and we traveled the world together. Off we went in search of my life purpose. Apart from the fact that we had the time of our lives, it was a most enlightening time for us all. During the trip I realised that there was so much more to life than trying to be the perfect person for everyone else.
On our return, armed with a lifetime of learning in the school of hard knocks, it occurred to me that I have been given so much in my lifetime that now was my time to give back.
My passion for understanding people and how they think, ignited during my corporate days, led me to make the decision to go back to study.
Completing studies in Psychology and Counselling has provided me with the formal qualifications enabling me to fulfill my life purpose of helping others.
I created the W.I.L.L program out of necessity, for my own son. The differences we saw in him led me to extending the program to others. Seeing the incredible growth in all of the participants left me with no choice but to make this program available to as many as possible!
Being a mother of 4 super energetic boys, aged 16, 14, 8 and 4, I am well versed in the trials and tribulations of living in a household with ASD. My 14 year old son was diagnosed ASD at the age of 8. Our journey to get through these 14 yrs has been a challenge to say the least, the biggest of them all, finding the right learning environment for a preteen/teenage boy. We managed to survive mainstream primary school, not without hurdles, it took many a meeting, many suspensions and a poor attendance record, but we made it. High School however was a completely different story! Despite the behavior plans, extra teaching support provided and moving schools multiple times, it was just not working. My son started getting caught up with 'Gangs' and it was only a matter of time before he ended up in serious trouble with the police.
As a single mother I constantly questioned myself, am I doing the right thing, have I found the right support network, where can I go for more support and many many more questions! My son was accepted into the W.I.L.L program in mid 2019, and there has been no looking back. Due to our personal success, I wanted to be a part of the program so I could assist other families to get the support I was so desperately seeking for myself.
Being trained in Nursing and holding positions in Early Education and Allied Health practices, I have brought to the program a level of passion and compassion that can only be found in someone who has walked the same journey as our clients.