Health Consumer, pw MS
Co-convenor of local support groups for Qld Disability Network [QDN] and MSQld and retired board member of both organisations, Former medical secretary, jillaroo, journalist and music teacher. Long-time community arts worker and disability activist in Mt Isa, Townsville, Roma and Brisbane. Person with MS.
She retired to Brisbane in 2005.
Her philosophy is that music, and all the arts, are languages of great power and importance for all humanity. Participation in the arts is a passionate, ecologically-friendly activity, whatever your age and ability. The arts have the capacity of lifting people out of gutters, or encouraging them to soar to the greatest heights. Whether active as performers, or passive as audience, all levels on that continuum are equally important.
She sees herself as a conduit between professional and amateur, classical and folk, city and bush, performing and visual, sublime and ridiculous. It just happened that she was in a place and at a time when, having turned her back on string playing, she was surprised by people who were so passionate to learn that they would buy a violin and a Tune a Day book by mail order and struggle to teach themselves. And she wanted to help them.