Expertise

The parents and professionals contributing to this website all share the same passion to support and help the family unit.

Valerie Carter – MOTHER / Founder & Administrator

Mother of 3 and Nanny to 6 – After working with Education Qld as a teacher-aide in the Special Education Unit Valerie decided to share her experiences and training with parents and carers in a pro-active approach by designing a website which aims to provide information and links to services to support the family unit.Meet Valerie

Valerie has completed the following training & certificates since 2005 :–

Certificate III in Education Support – SES training – Senior First Aide – Mental Health First Aide – Asthma & Anaphylaxis Management – Non Violent Crisis Intervention – Laughter Therapy – Introductory to Rock & Water – Personal Best Program – Discovering DisAbility & Diversity – Valuing Diversity Awareness Program – Workplace Health & Safety – Hazard Identification – DETA’S Internal Purchasing Training – Food Hygiene – Health & Wellbeing – Effective Communication and Introductory to Nursing.

 

Her charity work involved – fundraising for several different charities and volunteering which helped her stay in touch with the communities needs. Valerie has raised funds for charities since the young age of eight PCYC. As her children went through school she found herself involved on committees such as:-

Community – Mudjimba Community Kindergarten & Pre-School /Bli Bli Bumpkins Play Group / Sunshine Coast Show Society, Secretary & Showgirl Co-ordinator / SES Nambour & Welfare Officer Bribie Is / Global Care Food Bank, Bribie Island / Sunshine Coast, Coastal Caring Clown  / Sundale Rod Voller Burnside and Nambour Redcross

Primary School Bli Bli P & C Secretary / Safety / Building / Collaborative School Review / School Development Plan / Reader support program / Tuckshop / Carols & Fair Entertainment and Uniform

High School – Nambour, Debutante Ball and 75th Anniversary Co-ordinator

 

Jocelyn Hall – MOTHER raising 16 children / business owner / volunteer

Nan for websiteMother to 7 prior to giving birth to 5. Husband tragically killed at work when Jocelyn was 36 leaving her as a widow. Re-married raising a further 4 children sadly 2nd husband died of heart attack when Jocelyn was 51.

At the age of twenty-one in 1955 Jocelyn married a man with seven children. Some might question her decision but her love for children lead to five more. Sadly in 1971 Jocelyn became a widow and left to raise her five children all under the age of fifteen on a widow’s pension and on her own. In time she married again taking on yet again the responsibility of another four young children. Sadly she found herself again a widow and this time financially in a bad way loosing her home and moving into Dept of housing. Jocelyn now at the age of 81 continues to inspire and care for others at the hostel in which she lives.

Jocelyn has way too many grandchildren and great grandchildren to recall however her tip to surviving hard ships is to just do the best you can and just get on with it as we have no control over anything only the Good Lord does!

Throughout her life time Jocelyn owned 2 small businesses – worked at aged care facilities in many capacities – a homemaker – farmer and seamstress – her biggest love was babysitting the grandchildren

One of her saying’s are “if you are bored you must not have enough work to do”. 

Jocelyn may not have gone to college but her life experiences and her resilience to overcome whatever life throws at her is inspirational.

 

Anita Hayward – MOTHER / Life Member of “Sunshine Coast Hockey” /retired Lifeline Councillor

anita-haywardMother of 4 and grandmother of 2 – Anita is the true essence of a mother. Devoting the majority of her life to caring for her family and being mum’s taxi.

Anita has always been passionate about helping and volunteered in the community so much so for over 30 year’s in area’s such as:- Councillor – School tuck shops – Nambour Blue Demons Uniform Officer (10yrs)  – Nambour High School Parents & Citizens Assoc / Debutante Ball co-ordinate and Teacher- aide to name a few.

 

 

Tracey Nicholson – MOTHER / International Indigenous Artist / ‘Say NO to Domestic Violence’ 

Tracey NicholsonMother of 7 and grandmother of 4 – Tracey is at the fore front of helping those in domestic violence offering care in a way very few are unable to. Her compassion and empathy for others is rare in today’s mixed up world. Her love for art started out as therapy however it has given her more than she could ever imagine. Tracey is also the first indigenous women to be the rigger on her rowing team.

Check out Tracey on ……. The Nandjimadji Story – Outrigger Canoe – YouTube

In Loving Memory :- 

Both Leanne played a major part in 1800MUMMYS becoming a reality.

Leanne Levin  – MOTHER / Chinese Practitioner / Dietitian / Naturopath / Homeopath 

Sadly in March 2015 Leanne passed away after a fatal accident on her property at Diddillibah Sunshine Coast Qld. Leanne’s death came as a shock to the entire community. Leanne gave so much; nothing was ever too much trouble. Her passion for providing alternative medical treatments and helping each client achieve the confidence to trust their own instincts regarding health was inspirational.

Leanne LevinBeloved wife and mother of 2 – Leanne’s passion for teaching and educating the community was outstanding. Operating her business with her husband from home enabled her to be with their 2 young adorable daughters. Her commitment to clients was refreshing especially in the areas of listening with no assumptions or judgement. Leanne’s primary objective was to treat her clients holistically taking into consideration their emotional and physical well being.

Leanne spoke publicly on many occasions giving her time freely. Just prior to her passing Leanne launched “FoodFarmacy” a program teaching clients about the medical benefits of certain foods and combinations. Leanne not only provided a quality caring health service; Leanne gave hope to those other medical professionals had given up on. How wonderful the world would be if we had more dedicated and caring people like Leanne.