Keeping a positive outlook on life


Ever since she left school, Teressa has been employed by the same retail organisation. She worked for the business for 26 years. But the store closed and Teressa faced redundancy. Despite this, she has always maintained a positive approach and looked at this as an opportunity to follow her dream.

Teressa has always wanted to work with the elderly so she enrolled in a Certificate III in Individual Support specialising in ageing at Inverell Community College. She is a very determined young woman with a positive outlook on all things in life. She does not see cerebral palsy as a barrier. She always finds a solution to any difficulties she experiences. For example, using the mechanical lifter was initially difficult – but with perseverance and practice she successfully complete the task.

Teressa’s self-confidence has really grown and she hasn’t let an unpleasant school experience get in her way. She is an extremely valuable class member and is highly respected amongst her peers.

Teressa has been offered employment at the local hospital and aged care facility. This positive learning experience has left Teressa wanting to continue with further study to increase her skills and knowledge and to support her new chosen career path.


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.