What did you do before starting your role as Defence School Mentor at CGGS?
For the last 10 years I have had the very important position of raising my two children, Griffin and Gracyn. With my husband Travis, we have shared the challenges and the triumphs of relocations, deployments and separations that accompany the defence lifestyle.
Before I started my family I was a primary school teacher here in Canberra. I’ve always been passionate about teaching and learning so it feels right that I find myself back working with young people again.
Where does the passion for Defence come from?
Being a Defence family for the last 20 years, we have been fortunate to have been handed many positive experiences and opportunities. It feels right that I can give back to the Defence community, particularly young people and their families.
What do you get up to when you’re not working here at the School?
My family and I love to get out in our caravan whenever we can. Since moving to Canberra we have been to the coast several times and we spent Easter in the Mount Kosciusko National Park. I also have a secret passion for interiors, and much to my husband’s horror, you can find me moving furniture and rearranging all surfaces on the weekend!
Where else have you lived?
Last year we moved from Darwin where we lived for three years. The Northern Territory is an amazing place and we explored every inch of it. We have also lived in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Townsville and of course, Canberra.
What are you most looking forward to in your role for 2021?
The fun part! Meeting and getting to know the Defence students and their families. Creating activities to bring us together and forge connections to last a lifetime. The best thing about being a part of Defence is the people you meet and the lasting friendships made.
What are you reading at the moment?
On my side table at night I am reading All our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton.
Photo at top: Belinda (far right) at the Australian War Memorial with CGGS students and Jack Aaron, of the HMAS Perth National Association, February 2021.