Staff Profile - Ali Kenyon
What is your role at Inclusion WA?
Full time mentor-East side
Why do you do this type of work?
For me this was the hardest question to answer. I think when i applied for this role i had a passion for inclusive communities, mental health and individual rights but no idea what to expect - and the idea of a Mentor was very abstract in my mind. But what drives my passion and love for this work is the people we work alongside and their stories. I think a job where you get to assist someone to be the best forms of themselves, show great courage and almost fight against a system/society that has put them in a box is an amazing privilege and i have learnt and grown so much because of it. The cherry on top? It's hard not to love work that gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference.
What are your personal interests outside of work?
My favourite pastime would have to be firstly spending time with the two loves of my life Casper and Blue-Bell who would have to be two of the most spoilt border collies on the planet and then secondly my fabulous friends and family who graciously put up with my antics. I am also an avid bee-keeper and have three hives at present which is where you will probably find me most weekends and if not there you would probably find me cheering on (or shouting at) the Dockers at the footy. I also enjoy attempting swing dancing, yoga (usually in a field of goats), kayaking along the river and indoor beach volleyball- you could also add watching the most tragic reality TV possible to this list as well.
What was your previous role before coming to Inclusion WA?
Pickering Brook sports club bar attendant and project officer at Bank Of I.D.E.A.S
What is your favourite quote?
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Mahan Gandhi
"Well-behaved women seldom make history" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I volunteered in Zanzibar helping in schools and building wells and schools from recycled materials which was a really amazing eye opening experience.
If I had superpowers what would they be?
I would like to be able to glitter bomb people – especially annoying people with super fine glitter.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Tackling Social Isolation - Barriers and Challenges
We asked people first-hand about the main barriers and challenges they face when trying to get involved with things in the community.
Empowerment through Self-Management
We spoke with Kristy Macnamara about her role with Inclusion WA’s newest division – Personal Assistants WA.
Who are you? I am Ken, I live in East Vic Park.