THIS IS ME
A REGULAR INSIGHT INTO SUNSHINE COAST PERSONALITIES
Carmel Crouch is a leader within the Coast community, with a clear passion for providing equal opportunities to everyone and an advocate for people living with a disability.
She is the managing director of STEPS: a national charity that teaches people real skills to help them achieve their goals in the real world.
She founded the charity almost three decades ago with the help of a group of parents and spent 21 years in an unpaid role of president before taking up the managing director position.
Carmel was nominated for the 2018 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year award, sits on many committees concerned with social and economic progression, and continues to remain committed to helping others.
Favourite time of day and why?
Mornings. It’s always a joy to wake up and know I have another precious day to do what I love doing: to be with the people I love and admire.
Why? Because time is so precious and I don’t take it for granted, every weekday morning I get the privilege to spend time working with special people in an organisation I love who truly make a difference in the lives of people, and weekends are spent with my beautiful family.
What excites you?
Living life excites me in every way. There’s so much to fill my day with and so many wonderful opportunities to look forward to with every day presenting new and exciting experiences, and the best bit is, I get to live and work with exceptional and amazing people.
Favourite sport? Player or spectator? 3
No, not a sports person at all. However, I do appreciate how committed elite sports people are and how much time, effort and passion they put into their chosen sport. I really respect that sort of dedication to something they truly believe in.
Best childhood memory?
Wow. That’s a long time ago, but that would be having the freedom I had to be a child, spending days disappearing for hours down the back creek to play with my much-loved brother, never being afraid to do so and knowing I would always be safe and loved.
Where were you born?
Southport, Queensland – so a true Queenslander!
Where would you like to holiday?
Now there’s a question. I have had the privilege of travelling internationally a lot over the years, but right now it would be to go back to New York to live for a few months.
Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?
I like both, really, and have had many pets over the years. But I now have a large fluffy ragdoll cat that weighs around 10kg. Who are your heroes?
I admire a lot of people who have excelled in their own lives and made a spectacular difference in the lives of others. They aren’t necessarily well-known or accepted as heroes, but are heroes to me and the many others whose lives they’ve impacted positively.
I’ve had it already, and am still doing it. “If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life”?
That’s me. What will you be doing in 10 years? 10
Hopefully still alive and kicking and healthy, having a load of fun retired, still connected to STEPS and spending lots time with my family, and travelling while I still can with my love.
What’s the best thing about living on 11 the Sunshine Coast?
Ah, it’s the very best place in the world to live and come back to. No matter where I travel in the world my heart will always be here on the Coast. When I get back, I know I am home safe and happy.