Robyn named in­flu­en­tial leader

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A FEAR­LESS Toowoomba leader has been named one of Queens­land’s five most in­flu­en­tial women in com­mu­nity ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices In­dus­try Al­liance.

Qual­ity Lifestyle Sup­port di­rec­tor Robyn Ca­vanagh was fea­tured in the line-up re­vealed at an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day event ear­lier this month.

Qual­ity Lifestyle Sup­port in Mort St pro­vides respite, in-home care, com­mu­nity ac­cess to pro­fes­sional ser­vices as well as dis­abil­ity sup­port.

Mrs Ca­vanagh said it was a strange but hum­bling feel­ing to re­ceive the nom­i­na­tion.

“I don’t do this for me. We’ve been go­ing for 20 years and we sup­port more than 140 peo­ple and have 170 staff. Peo­ple come to us be­cause I guess they know we do what we say,” she said.

“I fin­ished school in Year 11, was mar­ried at 19, had three kids by 23 and then I went to univer­sity so you can do what­ever you want to do - don’t let any­one tell you any dif­fer­ently.”

CSIA CEO Belinda Drew said Mrs Ca­vanagh suc­cess­fully chal­lenged the not-for-profit model of de­liv­er­ing dis­abil­ity sup­port.

“She did this more than 20 years ago when it was a highly in­no­va­tive thing to do,” she said.

“Along with her hus­band, she built a for-profit, client-cen­tred busi­ness that has flour­ished in the face of most peo­ple be­liev­ing her ser­vices were the do­main of not-for-profit en­ti­ties.”

PHOTO: SALT STU­DIOS

HON­OURED: Qual­ity Lifestyle Sup­port di­rec­tor Robyn Ca­vanagh has been named one of Queens­land’s most in­flu­en­tial women in com­mu­nity ser­vices.

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