Peer Mentors

Peer Mentor Team

Michael

Michael

Peer Mentor Team Leader

Michael has been with Access Your Supports since 2016. He has worked in many areas of the business over the years including finance (payroll), Plan Management and he was one of the first Peer Mentors. He thoroughly enjoyed this role and it helped him gather first-hand experience in disability. Michael’s knowledge of the NDIS was developed through the rigors of Plan Management. In 2018 Michael completed a Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) Majoring in Marketing. Concluding that year, Michael proudly took up the reins to become Peer Mentor Team Leader and has worked in this space ever since. Michael is loyal, honest, determined and thrives on working in a team, helping others and facing new challenges.
Rhys

Rhys

Business Support Officer

Rhys commenced at Access Your Supports in January of 2018. He first began as a Peer Mentor and transitioned into his new role as a Business Support Officer in the Peer Mentor Team in the middle of 2020, spending a total of 2.5 years as a Peer Mentor. Through his work as a Peer Mentor, Rhys has developed a varied experience in disability. At the end of 2019, Rhys graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Psychological Science. Once completed, Rhys then started to transition into his current role as a Business Support Officer. Rhys is honest, dedicated, hard working and loves helping people to achieve their goals.

Peer Mentors

Abbey

Abbey

Peer Mentor

Abbey is currently studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is patient, trustworthy and enthusiastic. Abbey enjoys running, walking, going to the beach, arts and crafts as well as being outdoors. She is passionate about working alongside her participants and helping them achieve their goals. Abbey enjoys helping them access the community and hopes to make a positive impact in their lives.

Anna

Anna

Peer Mentor

Anna is studying a Bachelor of Nursing at University which she hopes to complete by 2022. Anna is looking forward to building a rapport and empowering individuals in their day to day lives. She is excited to help support individuals under the NDIS to develop more independence in their lives. Anna has an interest in gardening, baking, exercising (running) and reading. Anna is also able to speak a little bit of Dutch. Anna’s top three values are respect, compassion, and honesty.

Angus

Angus

Peer Mentor

Angus is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Deakin University in Geelong. Angus values respect, honesty and mindfulness. In his spare time Angus enjoys playing music, in particular playing guitar, drums and bass, playing basketball, watching tv shows and movies – he can quote a lot of Harry Potter references. Angus is passionate about the Peer Mentor program as it gives him the ability to support those who need it and it is very rewarding, whether this be teaching someone a new skill or just having fun!

April

April

Peer Mentor (MILDURA)

April is hoping to become a counsellor soon. She values integrity, friendship and kindness. April loves animals and nature (it is her favourite place to spend time with her family). She used to play basketball and indoor cricket. April is looking forward to meeting new people to work with them to work on their goals. She hopes that with her participants, they can grow, have some fun and happy memories together.

Ben

Ben

Peer Mentor

Ben is currently studying a Bachelor Health Sciences.  He enjoys sports such as football, cricket, soccer and basketball.  In his spare time Ben enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing and gaming. He also has an interest in music.  Ben is passionate about achieving positive outcomes and looks forward to building strong bonds with participants and their families.

Bianca

Bianca

Peer Mentor

Bianca is currently studying a Certificate IV in Disability. She values respect, honesty and being open-minded. Bianca loves music, movies, taking time to undertake in girly activities and get dressed up. One of Bianca’s hidden talents is she can memorise song lyrics very quickly. Bianca is passionate about being a Peer Mentor as her previous experience in respite has given her an awesome opportunity to continue doing what she loves while helping her participants with what they love.

Brad

Brad

Peer Mentor

Brad is currently studying primary teaching at Deakin University. He is compassionate, enthusiastic and trustworthy. Brad enjoys lots of different sports including football and basketball. He is also interested in music, video games and movies. Brad enjoys spending time with friends. He is excited to work as a Peer Mentor because the role allows him to be a role model to others. Brad is looking forward to helping participants achieve their life goals.

Bridget

Bridget

Peer Mentor

Bridget is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at University which she hopes to complete by 2023. Bridget is looking forward to providing people with encouragement and supporting her participants to live independently as well as creating a safe and happy environment for those she mentors. Bridget has an interest in sport (mainly soccer, hiking and running), music (both listening and discovering new music) as well as art (mainly photography and painting). Bridget
can partly speak French and has trained in dance/ballet for 10 years. Bridget values respect, integrity and treating everyone how you wish to be treated.

Bronte

Bronte

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Bronte is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is empathetic, respectful and reliable. Bronte plays netball, likes going to the beach, walking, cooking, going out to eat, shopping and listening to music. Bronte is passionate about helping participants achieve their goals that are important to them and making positive differences in their lives. Bronte looks forward to being a good role model and somebody that participants can trust.

Caitlin

Caitlin

Peer Mentor / Therapy Assistant

Caitlin is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Caitlin is honest, trustworthy and compassionate. Caitlin enjoys playing soccer, running, singing, walking, and spending time with friends and family. Caitlin loves the Peer Mentor program as it allows her to see the growth in her participants over time and helps them achieve their goals. Caitlin also loves exploring the community with her participants and building special connections with them.

Caleb

Caleb

Peer Mentor

Caleb had previously commenced study in Film & Media, however he has placed his studies on hold and has no plans to return to studying at this stage. Caleb values being honest, trustworthy, and respectful. In his spare time, Caleb loves playing sports, in particular playing footy, cricket and soccer. Caleb also enjoys films, video games, and hanging out with his mates. Caleb can also speak very limited Japanese. Caleb is passionate about the program as he really admires the work that is done by other Peer Mentors. Caleb has a family member with autism, so he can really appreciate and understand the support that is received. The best part of the role for Caleb is being able to have the satisfaction of seeing growth in his participants as a result of his support and the feeling he gets for the role he has played.

Callum

Callum

Peer Mentor

Callum holds a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science and is currently studying a Master of Teaching with the hope of becoming a PE Teacher. He enjoys living a active and healthy lifestyle, playing sport, socialising, educating, coaching and gaming. Callum is friendly, trustworthy and committed. He is passionate about setting a good example to those around him and is looking forward to helping his participants access the community and help them meet their goals.

Campbell

Campbell

Peer Mentor

Campbell is currently studying Osteopathy.  He is very organised, supportive and motivating.  Campbell enjoys anything that involves being outside including football and cricket.  He also loves drawing.  Campbell is passionate about his role as a Peer Mentor as it provides him with the opportunity to encourage participants to strive to achieve personal growth and to reach their goals.

Carly

Carly

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Carly is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.  She is compassionate, trustworthy and caring.  Carly enjoys playing sports such as basketball, football, netball and cricket.  In her spare time Carly enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the beach with her dogs.  Carly is passionate about empowering people to have control of their own lives and supporting participants to achieve their goals.

Cassie

Cassie

Peer Mentor

Cassie is currently studying a Diploma of Community Services.  She enjoys watching Netflix as well as outdoor activities such as waterfall walks and camping. Cassie is passionate about the Peer Mentor program because she feels working with participants is very rewarding. Her top value is respect and she is excited to make a positive impact on the lives of participants and their families.

Chelsea

Chelsea

Peer Mentor

Chelsea is studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. In her spare time she enjoys playing netball and tennis, seeing friends and being outside. Chelsea is honest, kind and loves to have fun. Chelsea is passionate about seeing participants grow and achieve their goals. She also looks forward to building close relationships with participants and their families.

Chloe

Chloe

Peer Mentor

Chloe is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. Chloe values kindness, respect and inclusivity. In her spare time Chloe enjoys music (especially playing the guitar), art (inparticular drawing), being outdoors, and going to the beach. Chloe views the Peer Mentor Program as mutually beneficial in the sense she can provide support for individuals and families whilst putting into practice her teachings from university. Chloe is excited by the opportunity to see progress in her participants. Chloe believes that it is an extremely rewarding role for all involved.

Cliff

Cliff

Peer Mentor

Cliff has previously completed a Certificate III in Community Services and is considering completing his Certificate IV in Community Services also. Cliff emphasises being trustworthy, empathetic and communicating well with others. Cliff loves sport, music, movies, getting out into nature and trying new things. Cliff really enjoys meeting new people, having fun and helping his participants grow and achieve their goals. Cliff loves seeing a smile on the faces of his participants after helping them meet a challenge, learn something new, or just expand their horizons beyond what they thought they were capable of.

Connor

Connor

Peer Mentor

Connor is passionate about the Peer Mentor program because he naturally loves to help people. Connor enjoys gaming, movies, listening to music, bushwalks and surfing.  The Peer Mentor role gives him the opportunity to help integrate participants into community settings and promote fun and active lifestyles to support each participant. Connor is also considereding studying his certificate IV in disability in the future.

Crystal

Crystal

Peer Mentor

Crystal is not currently studying but wishes to one day study Community Services at University. Crystal is passionate about supporting her participants in order to build their confidence and guiding youth to become confident within society. Crystal has an interest in nature, animals, meditation, walking and yoga. Crystal’s top 3 values are respect, loyalty, and trust.

Daniel

Daniel

Peer Mentor

Daniel is about to commence study in a certificate 4 in Mental Health. Once completed he is interested in studying Occupational Therapy or Social Work. Daniel values respect, compassion and trust. He enjoys music, specifically playing guitar, art, video games such as Minecraft, Fortnite and League of Legends, sports including AFL, cooking, writing and history. Daniel is looking forward to making a positive impact in the lives of the participants he works with strengthening his own skills for his future study path.

Daniel

Daniel

Peer Mentor

Daniel is not currently studying, however he has previously completed a course in Graphic Design. Daniel values being trustworthy, compassionate and respectful. Daniel’s main interests include sports, in particular basketball, music, movies and art. Daniel is passionate about Peer Mentoring as he likes helping out in his community and finds it to be rewarding working in the disability sector. Making people happy is what Daniel prides himself on and he finds it extremely rewarding to be able to do that through his role here at Access Your Supports.

Daniel

Daniel

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Daniel is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.  He is enthusiastic, compassionate and loyal.  Daniel enjoys sports such as soccer, basketball, football and cricket. He also has a passion for music, especially guitar and piano. Daniel also likes heading outdoors for walks and running as well as playing board games and card games with friends.  He finds the Peer Mentor program very rewarding as he gets to have a positive impact on the lives of participants.

Ebony

Ebony

Peer Mentor

Ebony has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science which she completed in 2018 and is currently studying a Diploma in Counselling. Ebony is passionate towards being a positive role model and helping participants reach their goals. Ebony is  interested in sports, art, cooking, the outdoors, hiking, and painting. One of Ebony’s niche skills is painting terracotta pots, where she sells them online and at markets. Ebony values honesty, creativity, and respect.

Ella

Ella

Peer Mentor

Ella is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work. She spends her free time enjoying music, sports, skating and being outdoors.  Ella values kindness, respect and generosity.  She is extremely passionate about her role as a Peer Mentor as she loves to see participants improve their confidence and make meaningful connections while most importantly having fun.

Eli

Eli

Peer Mentor

Eli is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering at RMIT. He would like his course to lead into prosthetics and assistive technology. Eli is honest, compassionate and values integrity. He plays tennis and enjoys the outdoors, reading and spending time with his friends and family. He is passionate about developing strong and rewarding relationships with his participants and seeing them reach their potential.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Peer Mentor

Elizabeth is currently studying her Honours degree in Psychology at University in the hopes that one day she can become a psychologist, which she hopes to complete by 2024. Elizabeth believes that being a peer mentor will be fulfilling and rewarding and hopes that she can use her knowledge and skills to help improve one’s quality of life and hopes that she can form strong relationships. Elizabeth has an interest in the beach, exercising, going on adventures and netball/sports in general. Elizabeth’s top three values are honesty, respect, and compassion.

Ellie

Ellie

Peer Mentor

Ellie is currently studying a bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Ellie is a caring and friendly individual. She enjoys playing many sports including netball and athletics and loves to be outside. Ellie loves spending time and socialising with friends and family and listening to music. Ellie believes a peer mentors role is rewarding as you get to see the people that you work with develop and achieve their goals in a positive environment. 

Emilly

Emilly

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Emilly is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. Emilly is trustworthy, compassionate and kind. In her spare time, Emilly enjoys going to the beach, going for walks, maintaining her fitness and completing jigsaw puzzles. Emilly is passionate about being a Peer Mentor as she loves to help her participants reach their full potential and to achieve their goals. The best thing about the program for Emilly is that she gets to have lots of fun with her participants. 

Emily

Emily

Peer Mentor

Emily is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery. Emily values integrity, patience and kindness. Outside of being a Peer Mentor, Emily enjoys swimming, going for walks, running, travelling and spending time with friends and family. Emily loves the Peer Mentor program as it gives her the opportunity to help her community which she finds extremely rewarding. Emily also loves meeting new people.

Emily

Emily

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Emily is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is kind, honest and respectful. Emily enjoys going to the beach, fishing (only new to this), being with family and baking. Emily is enthusiastic about supporting people to engage with their community and participate in activities and interests that make them happy.

Emily

Emily

Peer Mentor

Emily is currently studying Mental Health at University which she hopes to complete by 2022. She is passionate towards helping others and wants everyone to live a happy and fulfilled life and hopes she can help people achieve that. Emily has an interest in cooking, animals, and walking. One of her niche skills is that she can speak a little bit of Indonesian, Dutch and Italian. Emily values honesty, being positive, and adaptability.

Felix

Felix

Peer Mentor

Felix is currently studying Screen & Media at Collarts University. Felix values loyalty, being trustworthy and honesty. When he is not supporting his participants as a Peer Mentor, Felix loves surfing, music, football and watching movies. Felix is passionate about being a Peer Mentor as he loves supporting his participants and hanging out with them while participating in fun activities.

Fraser

Fraser

Peer Mentor

Fraser is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with the plan to study Physiotherapy in future. Fraser highly values his family, his friends and the things that make him happy. When Fraser is not Peer Mentoring he loves playing footy, cricket, and working towards his personal goals. Fraser is passionate about the Peer Mentor program as he loves being able to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. The best thing about the role for Fraser is being able to see the progress of his participants and seeing them achieve their goals.

Gemma

Gemma

Peer Mentor

Gemma is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing and is due to complete this at the end of 2023. Gemma values honesty, respect, and connection. In her spare time Gemma enjoys playing and watching football as well as cooking and baking. Gemma is passionate about being a Peer Mentor as she is able to see people achieve their goals while being supported. For Gemma, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone who has had their heart set on achieving something, finally achieve it.

Georgia

Georgia

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Georgia is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She is a kind, compassionate and enthusiastic individual. Georgia values trust, honesty, and reliability. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys playing touch football, spending time with family and friends or exploring the outdoors. She is passionate about being a peer mentor as it allows her to meet new people and have a positive impact on her participants.

Grady

Grady

Peer Mentor

Grady is studying Sports and Exercise Science plus Business Management at Deakin University. He would like his course to lead him into Physiotherapy or become an Exercise Scientist. He is trustworthy, enthusiastic and honest. Grady enjoys all sports, playing his guitar, listening to vinyl records and spending time at the beach. He is passionate about the Peer Mentor program because it gives him the opportunity to develop a relationship with his Participants. He enjoys watching them develop and having fun with them.

Hannah

Hannah

Peer Mentor

Hannah is currently studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology. She is loyal, honest and compassionate. Hannah loves music, the outdoors, arts, crafts and fashion. She is passionate about the peer mentor program because it provides participants with the opportunity to gain skills in communication, relationship building, community engagement and access. She enjoys gaining feedback from the Participants and their families when they are achieving their goals and this further validates the benefits of the program.

Hannah

Hannah

Peer Mentor

Hannah is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences with the plan to study a Masters in Occupational Therapy after completing her undergraduate. Hannah values kindness, positivity, and honesty. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys walking her golden retriever, hanging out with friends, and watching Harry Potter movies. Hannah is also currently learning sign language. Hannah is passionate about the Peer Mentor program as it stands for all the values that she aligns with – helping others in an inclusive environment and working with people. Hannah cannot wait to build connections & see people improve.

Holly

Holly

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Holly is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at University and is currently in her third year. Holly is passionate about working in this field as she is aiming to become a paediatric OT working with individuals who have autism. Holly is also looking forward to being able to watch participants grow over time. Holly has an interest in travelling and outdoor activities such as the beach. Holly’s top three values are respect, compassion, and truthfulness.

Jack

Jack

Peer Mentor

Jack has completed his Diploma of Community Services at The Gordon and has a goal of a long career in Social Work. He is empathetic, honest and courageous. Jack spends his free time with his friends, listening to hip hop music or driving somewhere new. He is passionate about empowering people to be the best version of themselves that they can be and hopes to be able to use his life experiences to do so.

James

James

Peer Mentor

James is currently studying his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours). He is trustworthy, honest and respectful. James enjoys football, tennis and the outdoors. He enjoys socialising with his friends and meeting new people. James is passionate about the Peer Mentor Program because he wants to be a part of the positive impact it has on the Participants and their families. He enjoys creating friendships with his Participants and assisting them in achieving their intended goals.

James

James

Peer Mentor

James is studying to be a yoga instructor. He is passionate about being able to work with young individuals who need support as well as being able to listen and lessen the load. James is looking forward to being a friendly face in their life and wishes to do this along with working on his people skills. James has an interest in surfing, dirt bikes, bush walking, and being in nature. James values freedom, respect, and mindfulness.

Jenna

Jenna

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Jenna is currently completing her second year of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. Jenna has previously completed a Diploma of Massage & Myotherapy with a keen interest in overall health & wellbeing. Jenna values being compassionate, empathetic and honesty. Outside of Peer Mentoring, Jenna loves pilates, spending time with her toy poodle, catching up with friends and going on outdoor adventures. She is passionate about the Peer Mentor program as it allows others equal opportunities while still enjoying themselves in the process. Jenna believes that the best thing about being a Peer Mentor is being able to interact with the community & watch her participants achieve their goals.

Joel

Joel

Peer Mentor

Joel enjoys playing basketball, console and PC games, listening to music and watching tv shows and movies.  He values integrity and respect and is passionate about empowering participants to reach their goals. Joel believes the Peer Mentor program is rewarding for his participants and is looking forward to developing his skills in his role.

Joey

Joey

Peer Mentor

Joey is currently studying Zoology at university. He values being empathetic, passionate and remaining calm and laid back. Joey has a keen interest in sports, maintaining his fitness, nature and hiking. Joey loves the Peer Mentor as he passionate about making a positive change in someone’s life and to do something bigger than himself.

Jordan

Jordan

Peer Mentor

Jordan has recently finished studying a Health Science degree at Deakin University, with future study plans of studying a language. He is compassionate, respectful and honest. Jordan enjoys sports, music, art, socialising with family and friends, travelling and nature. Jordan is interested in bringing individuals happiness and fun times. He enjoys meeting individuals with diverse backgrounds and getting to build relationships with them.

Jordan

Jordan

Peer Mentor/Employment Support Mentor

Jordan is not currently studying and does not wish to study in the near future at the moment. He is looking forward to having a positive impact on an individual’s life as well as the rewarding nature of the role. He has interests in sport, gaming, technology, cars, and animals. Jordan is currently learning German and is also a mechanic. Jordan’s top 3 values are respect, honesty, and integrity.

Jordan

Jordan

Peer Mentor

Jordan is studying Social Work at Deakin University. His top three values are honesty, empathy and respect. Jordan enjoys all sports, particularly football, cricket and basketball as well as spending time with family and friends. He is looking forward to having a positive impact on his participants and helping them achieve their goals.

Jorja

Jorja

Peer Mentor

Jorja is currently completing her Bachelor of Social work. She is compassionate, loyal and friendly and loves cooking, playing netball, shopping, and being outdoors. She is passionate about being a support system for participants to help achieve their goals.

Josh

Josh

Peer Mentor

Josh is currently studying a Diploma of Science and will soon undertake a Bachelor of Wildlife & Conservation Biology. Josh is compassionate, kind and determined. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing piano, listening to music, watching TV, playing games and watching movies. Josh is passionate about the Peer Mentor program as he enjoys being able to make a positive difference on someone’s life while assisting them where he can. Josh ultimately wants to be a great role model for his participants. 

Kiarne

Kiarne

Peer Mentor (COLAC)

Kiarne is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing. She is compassionate, passionate and honest. Kiarne loves to teach dance, play sports, draw, and be outdoors. Kiarne is passionate about the Peer Mentor program at AYS because she enjoys working with a wide range of people while helping participants reach their goals. The best thing about the role for Kiarne is watching her participants reach those goals.

Kody

Kody

Peer Mentor

Kody is planning on studying social/youth work in the future. He is trustworthy, happy and compassionate. Kody plays football and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. His is passionate about the Peer Mentor program and enjoys developing an understanding of his Participants and making them smile.

Lachlan

Lachlan

Peer Mentor

Lachlan is currently studying an undergraduate degree in Psychology hoping to get into clinical or counselling work. He wishes to have his studies completed by 2022. Lachlan is passionate about the ability to conduct work that has immediate and genuine meaning, in addition to furthering his career. He is also passionate towards mental health and hopes that his role provides him with the chance to action his passion. Lachlan has an interest in playing guitar, music production, surfing, and soccer. Lachlan values enjoyment, empathy, and honesty.

Lachlan

Lachlan

Peer Mentor

Lachlan is currently studying a Bachelor of Science.  He enjoys triathlons, playing tennis, reading and spending time with family. Lachlan is passionate about his role as a Peer Mentor as it he can engage with a diverse range of participants and finds it very rewarding to encourage their growth and development.  

Lauren

Lauren

Peer Mentor

Lauren has a passion for the arts.  She is trained in singing, piano and guitar. While music is her calling Lauren is also a keen sports fan enjoying football, soccer cricket and tennis as well as dancing and reading. She values creativity, respect and loyalty.  Lauren comes from a large family, so she is patient and understanding and loves her role as a Peer Mentor as it gives her the opportunity to make meaningful connections.

Lauren

Lauren

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Lauren is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University and hopes to become a paediatric OT one day. She is compassionate, kind and empathetic. Lauren enjoys yoga, pilates, gardening, the outdoors, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends. She believes the best thing about the Peer Mentor Program is creating warm relationships with participants and their families, learning from each other and achieving participant goals. 

Lewis

Lewis

Peer Mentor

Lewis is currently studying Teaching at Federation University in Ballarat and is looking at potentially going into either Health, PE or Maths. Lewis is honest, conscientious and trustworthy. In his spare time, Lewis loves all sports, including football, basketball, cricket, surfing and golf, as well as maintaining his fitness and recreational activities. Lewis is passionate about the program as he enjoys being able to build and develop skills with his participants. He also enjoys being able to work with a range of participants as well as being a positive role model.

Lewis

Lewis

Peer Mentor

Lewis is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne and hopes to one day work in the media advertising industry. He has a love for the outdoors and wants to travel overseas in the future. Lewis’ values consist of trust, communication and having fun. In his spare time, Lewis enjoys playing footy, basketball, skating, playing music and socialising with friends and family. Lewis is enthusiastic about the Peer Mentor role as he loves to help people grow their confidence, develop independence and help others achieve their goals.

Lochlan

Lochlan

Peer Mentor

Lochlan is currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Health and Physical Education and is majoring in Maths.  He values honesty integrity and respect.  Lochlan enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, staying active and playing games.  He finds the Peer Mentor program to be very rewarding as it gives him the opportunity to have a very positive impact on the lives of participants and their families.

Luke

Luke

Peer Mentor

Luke is currently studying a Certificate IV in Disability and Community Services.  Luke likes to spend his spare time going bike riding, surfing, camping and playing video games.  He values respect, kindness and having empathy.  Luke sees the Peer Mentor program as a valuable way to help participants build meaningful relationships and achieve their goals while having fun.

 

Luke

Luke

Peer Mentor

Luke became a Peer Mentor as he has a passion for working with diverse participants and enjoys being a positive role model for others. He values honesty, loyalty and empathy. Luke enjoys the outdoors, going on bush walks, going to the gym and playing with his children.

Maddy

Maddy

Peer Mentor

Maddy is currently studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University and is trustworthy, empathetic, and kind. Maddy values supporting her participants with building their confidence and independence towards their chosen goals. Maddy enjoys reading, make-up, cooking, being active, and spending time with her family and friends. Maddy is passionate about developing supportive relationships with her participants and families and appreciates the rewarding experience of being a peer mentor

Maggie

Maggie

Peer Mentor (COLAC)

Maggie is currently studying a Bachelor of Osteopathy and Allied Health Assistant. Maggie values being patient, kind, and honest. Maggie enjoys maintaining her fitness, her health, and playing sports. Maggie is enthusiastic about being a Peer Mentor as it gives her the opportunity to help and build relationships with her participants. Maggie loves that she is able to work one on one with her participants and help them to overcome barriers.

Maria

Maria

Peer Mentor

Maria is studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at University. She is positive, respectful and empathetic. Maria enjoys listening to music, gardening and being with animals. She is passionate about the Peer Mentor Program because she is able to assist Participants in achieving their goals they once thought were unachievable as well as making a positive impact in the lives of the Participants and their families. The best part about the role is building compassionate relationship with the Participant and their families.

Max

Max

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Max is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. He is resilient, respectful and is looking to grow as a person in the role. Max enjoys sport, in particular football, basketball and tennis. He enjoys video games, being fun and adventurous, trying new things and being active. Max loves being able to help people achieve their goals whilst building relationships that make others a better version of themselves.

Meaghan

Meaghan

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Meaghan is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is kind, empathetic and trusting. Meaghan enjoys swimming, hiking/adventures and spending time at the beach. She is passionate about assisting individuals to participate in activities of their choice as independently as possible and will support them to do so. Meaghan believes the best thing about the program is being a part of someone’s journey and watch their growth and happiness.

Meg

Meg

Peer Mentor

Meg is a registered paediatric nurse. In her spare time Meg enjoys hanging out with her dog Noodle (pictured). Activities with Noodle include going for walks around her neighbourhood and along the beach. Meg is also a massive fan of food. This includes baking, eating, and dining out at restaurants with friends. Meg has been a Peer Mentor for over 3 years and during her time has played a key role in helping all participants achieve their goals. Meg is kind, personable and trustworthy.

Mekayla

Mekayla

Peer Mentor/Employment Support

Mekayla is studying her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. She is trustworthy, honest and loyal. Mekayla enjoys travelling, going to the beach, reading and hiking. She is passionate about the Peer Mentor program because she loves working alongside her Participants and empowering them by assisting them to achieve their NDIS goals and reach their potential.

Melody

Melody

Peer Mentor

Melody is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is enthusiastic, empathetic and trustworthy. Melody enjoys arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, horse riding, shopping and playing games. She is passionate about the Peer Mentor program because she enjoys helping her Participants achieve their goals and build resilience to become independent individuals. The best thing about her role is participating in the activities that her Participants choose to do.

Michael

Michael

Peer Mentor

Michael is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Deakin University. He has a keen interest in football and exercise, as well as spending his free time with friends. Michael loves working with people to help encourage self development and reaching their milestones.

Michel

Michel

Peer Mentor

Michel comes from a working background of administration and finance. He has now chosen to follow a new career path as a Peer Mentor. Michel is empathetic, trustworthy and caring. He enjoys football, music and spending time with his family and friends. He is passionate about the Peer mentor program because he finds working with his Participants rewarding and it gives him the opportunity to give back to society.

Mitchell

Mitchell

Peer Mentor/Employment Support Mentor

Mitchell is currently studying a Diploma of Community Services and wishes to further his studies by one day completing a Bachelor of Social Work in the future. Mitchell is looking forward to expanding his knowledge and working with people from all walks of life in order to help people become better versions of themselves. Mitchell has an interest in art, podcasting, and history.  Mitchell’s top three values are respect, honesty, and leadership.

Mitchell

Mitchell

Peer Mentor

Mitchell is currently studying Environmental Engineering. He enjoys football, basketball, video games and exercising. Mitchell is caring and trustworthy. He is passionate about providing participants an opportunity to develop socially and enjoying life to the fullest.

Molly

Molly

Peer Mentor

Molly is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work and is due to complete this in 2024. Molly values honesty, respect and being adventurous. In her spare time Molly loves going to the beach, watching Netflix, going to the gym, cooking, and travelling. Molly previously worked in the travel industry for 8 years and has also travelled herself. Molly loves the Peer Mentor program as it allows her to empower others to live an authentic life and give them the support they need to develop their skillsets. Molly also loves that she is able to meet new people with diverse lived experiences. 

Ned

Ned

Peer Mentor

Ned in currently studying Physiotherapy and enjoys playing footy, being active and socialising. Ned is respectful, trustworthy and caring. He is passionate about helping participants to improve their skills to be able to achieve their goals.

Nicholas

Nicholas

Peer Mentor

Nic is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Family, Society & Welfare, and Psychological Development. He enjoys sports including AFL and Cricket and likes cooking. Nic is trustworthy, compassionate and empathetic. He is passionate about his Peer Mentor role because it allows him to give back to the community and empower others within it. Nic is looking forward to being able to affect positive change in the lives of the participants he works with.

Nic

Nic

Peer Mentor

Nic is studying Exercise Science and Sport Management and plans to be a strength and conditioning coach or to be a teacher. He is fun, understanding and trustworthy. He enjoys surfing, fishing, footy, basketball and adventures. Nic is passionate about supporting people in achieving their specific goals. He believes that the best part is engaging with his Participants and seeing them develop whilst having fun.

Olivia

Olivia

Peer Mentor

Olivia is not currently studying at the moment currently while she focuses on AFLW in her gap year. Olivia values being respectful, honest and positive. When Olivia is not playing footy or Peer Mentorin she enjoys playing or watching a variety of sports, yoga, going to the beach, taking photos, cooking (desserts are her speciality) and watching Gossip Girl. Olivia is passionate about this role as it allows her to have the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life, such as helping and encouraging someone to be independent.

Oliver

Oliver

Peer Mentor

Ollie is currently studying Commerce at Deakin University. He is empathetic, trustworthy and respectful. Ollie enjoys sport, gaming, keeping fit, embarking on new experiences, spending time with his friends and listening to music. He is extremely passionate about his role as it provides him with the opportunity to connect with people in a positive way.  He feels that he can help participants grow and achieve small personal goals together.

Olivia

Olivia

Peer Mentor

Olivia is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is organised, open-minded and willing to grow and learn. She enjoys working with children and has recently completed a year overseas in the UK where she worked in an elite boy’s preparatory school. She enjoys spectating, playing and coaching sport including netball, swimming, cricket, soccer and touch football. She is passionate about the Peer Mentor role as it allows her to assist and interact with individuals with disabilities. She enjoys the close relationships that she has with her Participants and feels rewarded when she sees them grow and achieve their goals.

Paul

Paul

Peer Mentor

Paul has recently completed his Diploma in Community Services and has a keen interest in counselling or family services. Paul highly values honesty, integrity, and compassion. In his spare time, Paul enjoys gardening, gaming, camping and the footy (Paul is a big Melbourne Demons fan). Paul has experience in horticulture and is therefore a well-versed gardener. Paul is passionate about the Peer Mentor program as he enjoys being able to support people to meet their goals and improve their lives, which is very rewarding for Paul. He also loves being able to interact with a diverse range of people.

Phoebe

Phoebe

Peer Mentor

Phoebe is currently studying Occupational Therapy and would love to obtain her Masters in Play Therapy. In her spare time she enjoys surfing, cooking, swimming, listening to music, soccer and volunteering with Ocean Mind. Phoebe is caring, trustworthy, honest and optimistic. She is passionate about working with a broad range of people to make a positive impact on their lives.

Regan

Regan

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Regan is currently studying Occupational Therapy.  He is compassionate and values authenticity.  Regan enjoys playing video games, football and caring for his pets.  He is passionate about his role as a Peer Mentor as it allows him to encourage participants to grow to reach their full potential.

Rose

Rose

Peer Mentor

Rose recently completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science course with Deakin University. She is kind, respectful and honest. Rose enjoys learning about the human mind, being outdoors (camping and walking), yoga, pilates, cooking, healthy eating and spending time with family and friends. Rose is looking forward to supporting participants in fun and caring way. Rose will bring happiness to those who she works with and will strive to build their capacity  skills.

Ruby

Ruby

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Ruby is currently studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University and hopes to have her studies completed by 2024. Ruby says that she wanted to become a Peer Mentor so that she can learn and grow alongside new people and to have an impact on others in the community. Ruby has an interest in sailing, netball and reading. One of her niche skills is being able to play chess, as not many people play chess these days. Ruby values organisation, being patient and being caring.

Sam

Sam

Peer Mentor

Sam is currently studying a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education in the hopes of becoming a Secondary Teacher and plans on having his studies completed by 2024. Sam is passionate about being able to undertake a rewarding role as well as being able to improve the lives of others and is super excited to fulfill his role as a Peer Mentor. Sam is interested in basketball, football, going to the gym, watching movies, playing games, and hanging out with friends. Sam’s top three values are honesty, empathy and giving his all in everything that he does.

Sheridan

Sheridan

Peer Mentor

Sheridan is currently studying online at Berklee School of Music. She is friendly, trustworthy and accepting. She is a passionate singer/songwriter who loves to play guitar, listen to music, physical activity, the outdoors, movies, the local cinema and spending time with friends and family. She is passionate about the Peer Mentor Program because it provides a wide range of opportunities for her Participants to access the community in a stress-free environment which helps them achieve their individual goals without any added pressure or anxiety. She enjoys her connection with her Participants by finding a common ground which helps build a great rapport.

Skye

Skye

Peer Mentor

Skye is currently studying Occupational Therapy at University and wishes to have her studies completed by 2024. She is passionate about volunteering and helping out wherever she can. Throughout school she was able to volunteer at 4 different child disability support services and cannot wait to be role model and support individuals in everyday life. Skye has interests in having fun, sport, exercising and being outdoors. Skye values honesty, trust and giving everything she has to what she is doing.

Sophie

Sophie

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Sophie is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She is compassionate, respectful and honest. Sophie’s hobbies include sailing, music, horse riding, watching footy, going to the beach and catching up with friends. Sophie is passionate about helping participants achieve their goals and ambitions in life. She wants to help her participants increase their confidence and independence in activities they love.

Sophie

Sophie

Peer Mentor/Therapy Assistant

Sophie is studying Occupational Therapy at Deakin University and would be interested in working in community neurological rehab. She is compassionate, loyal and has an open mind. Sophie’s main interests include running, going to the beach, shopping and dogs. She is passionate about making a difference within the community and maintaining a holistic view of every individual. Sophie believes the best part of the Peer Mentor role will be learning about every person and understanding their unique qualities and strengths.

Tanisha

Tanisha

Peer Mentor

Tanisha is studying a Bachelor of Nursing / Midwifery at Deakin University. In her spare time she enjoys staying active, spending time with family and friends and watching movies. Tanisha is honest, kind and respectful. She is passionate about the peer mentor program as she has a family member who is a participant in the program. Tanisha sees every week how excited they are to hang out and talk to their Peer Mentor, and how motivated they are to meet their goals when the mentor is there. She is looking forward to forming strong relationships with her participants and having a positive impact on their day.

Teagan

Teagan

Peer Mentor

Teagan is currently in her first year studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) wishing to have her studies completed in 2024. She hopes to further her studies and complete her Masters in Psychology. Teagan is passionate in providing services for everyone, regardless of their ability and says that everyone deserves equity. She is also looking forward to working one on one with participants as well as creating personal connections. Teagan has an interest in reading, playing with her dogs, playing the flute, cooking, ballet and loves chocolate. Teagan can also speak Indonesian and has lots of skills on the farm including working with sheep and cattle, building fences, and driving machinery. Teagan’s top three values are empathy, compassion, and patience.

Tilda

Tilda

Peer Mentor

Tilda is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing.  She enjoys reading mystery novels and watching films. Tilda also enjoys playing with her dog Izzy and is a volunteer at GAWS.  She values kindness and happiness.  Tilda is passionate about her role as a Peer Mentor as it gives her the opportunity to connect with a diverse range of participants and to assist them to build connections with others.

Tom

Tom

Peer Mentor

Tom is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with the plan to move into a Masters in Exercise Physiology at the beginning of 2022. Tom values being respectful, trustworthy, and his friendships. Tom has a strong passion for footy and is a big Richmond Tigers fan. He also likes to fill in his summer by playing cricket. Tom is passionate about being a Peer Mentor as he loves seeing people improve and grow in different situations and he believes the Peer Mentor program here at AYS is the perfect place for this. Tom finds the role to be super rewarding in empowering individuals to be the best they can possibly be.

Tom

Tom

Peer Mentor (COLAC)

Tom is currently studying a Bachelor of Education at Deakin University. He is friendly, kind and trustworthy. He enjoys participating in and following a range of sports, particularly football and basketball. In his spare time Tom enjoys socialising with his friends, watching movies and staying active and healthy. He is passionate about his role as a Peer Mentor as he loves seeing people improve and succeed and helping them out along the way. He feels that seeing people happy, confident and excited is very rewarding.

Travis

Travis

Peer Mentor

Travis has qualifications in Community Services Work and Certificate III in Education he would like to expand on these experiences. Travis’ goal is to guide participants in ways for them to cope better with their disability and help overcome the difficulties and challenges that life can project at them. Travis enjoys photography, drawing, snow sit skiing and recently learning new recipes to cook.

Will

Will

Peer Mentor

Will is studying Exercise & Sport Science at Deakin University. He is trustworthy, joyful and wants to continue his personal growth. Will’s interests include football, basketball, going to the beach and playing on his Xbox. He is passionate about the Peer Mentor program because he enjoys helping his Participants grow and enhance their lives.

Willow

Willow

Peer Mentor

Willow is currently studying Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics at Deakin University and hopes to work in humanitarian assistance in the future. She is empathetic, tolerant and has integrity. Willow enjoys music, art and reading. She is passionate about making a difference and improving her Participants lives where she can. She enjoys making a connection with her Participants which is unique to the Peer Mentor role.

Zoe

Zoe

Peer Mentor

Zoe recently completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Deakin University. She is respectful, trustworthy and values honesty.  Zoe enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as going for walks and playing board games.  She is passionate about her role as it provides her with the opportunity to help participants achieve a higher quality of wellbeing and grow in confidence while achieving their personal goals together.

Zoe

Zoe

Peer Mentor

Zoe is studying Psychology at Deakin. She is honest, compassionate and loyal. Zoe is passionate about being active and loves all sports. Zoe loves reading and getting to know people. She is passionate about being a Peer Mentor as it allows her to give back to the community and build a rapport with her participants. Zoe enjoys helping participants and giving them support to achieve their goals.

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