AMY CANNOCK, 21, STUDENT, STAFFORD
School chaplains are inspiring people. They are a voice for the kids no matter what. I want to be that person for kids and I’m studying to become a high school chaplain. My own chaplain at Mt Alvernia College [Kedron, in Brisbane’s north] was an amazing person who remembered every kid and was a great support. That’s what I want to do with my life.
After school, I did a mechanical apprenticeship for a year. My dad [Andrew, 57] was a racing car driver and I’ve always had an interest in how cars work. He stopped racing when my brother [Chris, 24] and I were little, but he owned a classic American muscle car – a Shelby Cobra. We’d see Dad every second weekend – we’d go for rides and he’d work on cars in his garage. It all made quite an impression.
I loved working in mechanics but realised it wasn’t long-term. I did bar work for a while and part of an early childhood TAFE diploma, but it still wasn’t what I was looking for. Now, I’ve finally found it. I’m studying for a Certificate IV in youth work and a diploma in school chaplaincy, and I’m doing a placement as a chaplain at Albany Creek State High School [north Brisbane] one day a week. I work at Woolworths part-time as a cashier – checkout chick – and on weekends I work for Queensland Raceway [car racing] as a track official. It’s how I get my car fix.
I’m born and bred in Brisbane. I live with my mum [Marie, 57] and my brother and we’ve been in the same house for the past 19 years. I was brought up in a Catholic family but I’m not the most religious of people. I’m not a Sunday regular. Mum and Dad divorced when I was two and Dad now lives in Papua New Guinea and we see him two or three times a year.
When I was eight, I started ballroom dancing and I danced competitively until Year 12. After a four-year break, I have recently taken it up again and dance one day a week, which is all I can fit in. My friends and I like going to rodeos, B& S balls and country music festivals. I think I’m a country girl at heart. I plan to grow old with a classic car – a 1967 GT Shelby Mustang. She’s a classic lady.
My mum and my dance coach call me open-hearted. I always care. No matter how big or how small, I’m always willing to help someone, and chaplaincy is something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.