Michelle is a Youth Development Officer for the Berri Barmera Council in regional South Australia. Her role consists of supporting and empowering young people aged 12-25 to engage meaningfully with their community.
The majority of her time is spent co-coordinating projects and events and mentoring young people through the Youth Advisory Committee. Her projects often identify and address socially crippling issues such as drugs and alcohol, unemployment and disengagement from educational facilities and community.
Another component of her role is to communicate with the business, social and community sectors to improve and strengthen youth involvement in the community.
Raised in the small country town Moorook on the riverbanks of the Murray River, Michelle grew up exploring new and creative ways to entertain herself.
Outside of work Michelle enjoys spending time with her fiance Ken and activities including motor bike riding, exploring, photography and reading.
Animals are also a passion. Michelle has grown up with many pets, which also are considered part of the family. Currently Michelle has two dogs, Jasmine and Mustang; one goat, Billie; a kitten, Diesel and a North Western Carpet Python called Axle.
Michelle and Ken plan to marry in July of this year.