PEOPLE AROUND TOWN
What do you do?
I mainly teach yoga. I teach vinyasa yoga (a strengthening flowing style), hot yoga and a gentle restorative style blended with mindfulness meditation. I teach classes at Bright Boot Camp and Alpine Fitness Centre, as well as delivering my own workshops and retreats. I also teach kids yoga too which is a lot of fun.
Have you always done that?
No. I have been teaching yoga for over four years but only the last two years as my main business.
What else have you done for work?
Prior to moving to Wandiligong I worked as a manager in international education for RMIT University. I supported students from all over the world to study on scholarships which introduced me to some amazing cultures and took me to exciting places.
You’re a member of the Alpine Rural Australians for Refugees. How long has that group been running for and what do you aim to do?
Alpine RAR started about two years ago - actually just before I moved to the area. The group has two main areas of focus. One is to assist in supporting the local refugee community through fundraising efforts, donations, mentoring and volunteer support, in combination with BMA Linx. The second area of focus is on increasing awareness of the issues surrounding asylum seekers and refugees in Australia and building community support to welcome refugees.
Why did you get involved?
I worked with Amnesty International, both in the UK and in Melbourne, organising events and campaigns. I have been a passionate supporter of human rights for many years. I was really excited to find out there was a group working on these issues in the community and hoped I could add my own experience and knowledge to help the group.
Is there anything the group is working on at the moment?
At the moment we are putting together a proposal to council to add the Alpine Shire to the Refugee Welcome Zone. This is a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community. We plan to have a keynote speaker event later this year and a community picnic and/or dinner, and we also hope to be involved in a program that offers host families for refugees to come on holiday to Bright and surrounds.
What do you do in your spare time?
Now that there is snow on the mountains you’ll generally find me skiing.