How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? My family relocated from Lithgow to Parkes in October 1989 when the hay fever season was at its peak and a mini tornado caused considerable damage close to the CBD.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? Wow! So many favourite things as a teacher of young children! Being told by a 5 or 6-year-old their latest joke, family adventure, what they’d like to be when they grow up, displaying their most recently learned ball skill or gymnastic trick or just a huge smile and hug made every day special.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Being of an Italian background, I’d like to have an extended holiday along the Amalfi Coast, but would always want to return to my family and friends.
What makes you laugh the most? Kids always make me laugh with their honesty, innocence and excitement in sharing anything and everything.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Relaxing and walking along the beach sounds like fun, exploring the rock pools, collecting shells, listening to the waves and smelling the fresh air.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? I would like to go back to 1970 when I was completing my teacher training to allow myself more time at becoming more proficient at playing the piano and trumpet.
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Not sure that I’d want more rules!!
Do you believe in random acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? Random acts of kindness enhance the wellbeing of both the giver ad the receiver. So, get out there each day and show kindness in some small way.
What is one thing you will never do again? I will never go caving again, besides being too old, I’d not want to be cold, wet and exhausted and have to drag myself to the exit point in a wetsuit and gumboots.