People of SL&RR: Sarala Porter

Becoming a part of the SL&RR community was an easy fit for Sarala. Her passion for her work as the manager at the Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre is inspiring. The Blue Mountains Women’s Health Centre is a place where women can get help for a range of different health and wellbeing needs. Part of her job is going into schools and talking to young people about respect in relationships and awareness about violence and abuse prevention, which is what sparked her interest in the SL&RR program. “I was blown away by how the values of equal respect and human rights were built in to this great program” she remarks.

She lives with her 2 “nearly grown up” children and 2 dogs in the “beautiful Blue Mountains”.  “I feel so lucky to feel the peacefulness and see beautiful nature at home and as I travel to work at Katoomba”. Sarala completed her training in May as a team member for SL&RR’s newest site on the block, SL&RR Blue Mountains. Becoming a Program Partner was an easy decision. She says “Linda really impressed me how she expressed her confidence and knowledge and Patsie with her ’walk the talk’ approach to sharing the work she does through Deakin University”. She loves having a laugh and connecting with the like minded people in her site. One of the highlights in her time with SL&RR so far was her first introduction to Molly’s story. “It was like magic everyone opened up and shared something about their lives and experience that showed me how the stories work in SL&RR to unlock the linked experience of everyone.” In her spare time she enjoys Martial Arts, especially Aikido, which she has been doing since she was 13!

Sarala is inspired by her daughter, who at the age of 12 started running classes to teach self-defence to young women. She’s now 21! “She is a role model for living life on her own terms and standing up for what she believes in at a young age.”

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