Rachael Nicholls works at a day service for adults with intellectual disability in Gippsland called the George Gray Centre. She loves her job “I get to smile and laugh everyday”.
An admirable advocate for people with intellectual disability. Rachael completed her training to become a Program Partner in June this year alongside other Peer Educators and Program Partners from Victoria. Networking with people in her region was key in her motivation to be involved in SL&RR. She first heard about it through a colleague from Gippsland Women’s Health. It was an easy choice to jump on board. “I immediately thought it was a program that I wanted to be involved with” she says.
She made new friends and had some deep personal reflection in her training. She can’t pick one stand out moment. “I love the structure of the program and the ease of which it can be delivered to a group. I think the Peer Educators add such valuable insight”.
Rachael is inspired by the strength and hardworking nature of her Grandmother Joan O’Neill. Rachael reflects on her and says “even through the tough times she always saw the positive in everything, and she could really belt out a Dolly Parton tune!” Grandma O’Neill sounds like our kind of person!