Jane’s background is in Retail Management and the corporate world. She has been an active community volunteer most of her life and has sat on numerous Community Boards and steering committees. Currently she is on the board of the Silver Bridle Community Centre (Lynne Richardson Community Centre) in the role of secretary. She is on the steering committee for the 7CareConnect which is a web based browser application available to people who are homeless or at risk off homelessness. She is on the steering committee for the Women’s Space Labrador. An initiative by the Gold Coast City Council and The Benevolent Society. She was an active member of the TSS (The Southport School for Boys) P&F for many years and Vice Present for a year.
Jane was a Crisis Intervention Officer with Victim Support in New Zealand for ten years. (New Zealand Police). She also facilitates a face to face suicide support and lectures in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Jane brings a passion and understanding of disenfranchised people due to her own personal experiences. She knows first hand how easily life can change and the impact. Jane was widowed to suicide at 39 with three children. Jane lives with PTSD due to multiple life changing experiences and is able to empathize with those women who have experienced trauma. Jane knows first hand the impact of having to give up a career for serious medical health issues and not being able to sustain herself financially as she is not an Australian resident. But she is extremely resilient and brings a wealth of life skills and genuine care to those that she meets.
Jane also has incredibly supportive adult children. Her youngest son is one of the Directors. Jane credits the success of herself and her children down to the fact that she was and still is an unconditional mother who allowed her children to follow their own journey to achievement. Together they are a formidable team.