Where were you born? In the capital city of Peru, Lima.
Were you named after anyone? My parents used to work at a school, so they named me after an English teacher.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? Becoming the mother of two special girls, Hannah and Vanessa.
What historical moment stands out most in your memory? In 2014 I witnessed the signature ceremony for Parkes to become a “ Refugee Welcome Zone” after our Parkes Shire Council didn’t hesitate to accept a recommendation from Mayor Ken Keith: “These wonderful people are bringing with them a broad range of skills and talents needed by our communities,”
What’s the single best piece of advice you’ve ever received? It was given to me by my Dad: “Listen and learn.”
What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken? Leaving my birth country and consequently, leaving my family and friends.
What are the three things you would take to a deserted island? A device to play music, a tutorial book of how to survive on a deserted island (while I listen to music), some firecrackers to make some noise and be rescued in case the tutorial book doesn’t work or if the music is bad.
If you had to spend $10,000 today, how would you spend it? Booking flight tickets to visit my parents and bringing them here for a visit.
When are you happiest? When I’m surrounded by happy and smiling people.