Amy is passionate about social justice, inclusive community and creating safe spaces to talk about the things that matter. Amy has a second part-time job as a mental health worker and has a background in community development and urban ministry.
Amy granny-flats locally with her little dog, Jim, and is the proud mother of several potted plants. In her spare time, Amy trains for roller-derby, reads, writes, hangs out with friends and consumes way too much caffeine (her words!).
I love the people of QUC. I know most of them by name. I am interested in the church as a whole and have a 25+ year history here. I think it is important as a church that our council has a balance of those who understand where we have come from and some younger people with enthusiasm and fresh ideas. I am actively involved in a wide range of the activities of our church including the Hungry Souls men’s breakfast and Bible study and plenty of other activities and events.
Arriving in Queanbeyan in 2013, it wasn’t long until I found myself at Queanbeyan Uniting Church, family in tow. Any church, I thought, with a Nativity Trail, engaging services, people who remembered names, great morning teas, and such a range of activities, deserved ‘trying out’ a few times. Two years later, after young adult groups, bible studies, Sunday morning services, singing group and many cups of tea later, it’s clear that there has been no looking back.
As Niamh’s Mum, a woman in my mid-twenties, a part time Environmental Health Officer at council and business waste management consultant, positive people person, member of our global community and all the other descriptors I could use, my faith has huge influence on my life. I see our faith as above all an active and hopeful way of living in our world, with all of the inspiration and challenge that that involves. I value relationships, people and the finding of common ground, organised approaches, a good laugh, a permanently warm teapot, and restorative bushwalks.
Gifts seen by others: Myf is committed to issues of social justice such as refugees. We need people with a vision for the needs of the wider world on CC. She appears to be a gentle and understanding person. Such gifts would also be very helpful for QUC today. Caring, pastorally sensitive, Concerned for people, e.g. refugees.
I was born in Brisbane before coming to Canberra/Queanbeyan via Sydney with my work in 1993. I am married to Bernadette and have two high school age children, Lauren and Steph. I have worked in the Australian National Audit Office since 1989, firstly as a financial statements auditor then as a performance auditor since moving to Canberra. I enjoy watching many types of sport, riding my bicycle and bush/road walking.
From a faith perspective, I was brought up in a devout Methodist/Uniting Church family with an active personal faith. My involvement in the church community lessened to only attending the big church calendar events until I experienced the warm welcome at Queanbeyan Uniting Church over 10 years ago. I feel that the skills I can bring to Church Council are a sunny disposition, strong oral and written communication skills, a drive for equity and fairness, and relevant financial literacy skills.
Gifts seen by others: Wisdom, caring, integrity, spiritually mature, financial expertise and understanding, active faith, open minded, honest, budgeting, financial abilities, management skills, commitment