Idea of giv­ing back drummed into CEO

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

ANGIE Paske­vi­cius is proud of the pro­grams Holyoake has cre­ated to help peo­ple deal­ing with drug and al­co­hol is­sues.

The Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent and Holyoake chief ex­ec­u­tive has been work­ing in the not-for-profit sec­tor for about 20 years, in­clud­ing nine in her cur­rent role.

Holyoake helps more than 6500 peo­ple strug­gling with al­co­hol and drug is­sues, guid­ing them through chal­leng­ing times and into a bet­ter fu­ture.

“I’ve al­ways had a strong de­sire to give back and make a dif­fer­ence,” she said.

“The op­por­tu­nity at Holyoake was to trans­form it and grow it; I’ve just loved do­ing that.

“I’m most proud in that growth and the way we have been able to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.

“As a CEO, ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent and I’m al­ways in meet­ings, net­work­ing and mak­ing sure we are on track in terms of our strate­gic per­spec­tive.”

Ms Paske­vi­cius said among her proud­est achieve­ments was the cre­ation of the so­cial en­ter­prise pro­gram Drum­beat.

“Par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a hand drum and take part in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties, which are linked to what’s hap­pen­ing in their lives,” she said.

“It’s also been used in schools, at men­tal fa­cil­i­ties and with refugees.”

Ms Paske­vi­cius said she was shocked to be named as a fi­nal­ist in the Com­mu­nity Award cat­e­gory for the West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year Awards.

“It makes me feel hum­bled to be a fi­nal­ist. I’m just an or­di­nary per­son who has been given ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“I’m just happy to be able to make a dif­fer­ence and help peo­ple achieve their po­ten­tial and grow.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d468938

Holyoake CEO Angie Paske­vi­cius.

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