I have been working on getting a Recovery College in the ACT for over four years, so am really invested in making sure the College works. My interest in mental health started over 40 years ago when I started work as a mental health nurse, it continued in my studies with Bachelors of Arts and Science in sociology and psychology, Masters in Health Studies (Addiction) and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I also have a Masters in Adult Education. I have a lived experience of mental health dealing with anxiety and depression for the last ten years. I wish that there had been a college when I first experienced symptoms and then maybe it wouldn't have taken me so long to start on my own recovery journey
It's with much excitement that we announce that Mel Thornberry has joined the ACT Recovery College team in the Office Administration role.
Mel brings a wealth of experience to the role along with a really warm and lovely presence. Our students and educators can be assured that Mel will be there to greet you all with her beautiful smile and bubbly personality as we recommence on-site classes in the upcoming new term.
Mel will will be working in the College office on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursdays undertaking some of the administration duties that Kylie had been juggling.
So be sure when you are in the area next - stop in and say hi, introduce yourselves and extend a warm welcome to Mel as the newest member of the dynamic ACTRC team!
I joined the ACT Recovery College team as a course co-developer in 2019 when I developed the Community Connection and Belonging course that we offer.
In March 2020 I took on the Education Coordinator position at the College.
I love being connected to the Canberra community and I spend a lot of enjoyable time every year volunteering with the State Emergency Service, St John Ambulance, the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation and (of course) the ACT Recovery College too.
I have a strong interest in supporting people in their mental health recovery that has stemmed from both my lived experience of anxiety and depression and from doing my first Mental Health First Aid Course many years ago.
I have a Cert IV in Training and assessment and over 10 years experience teaching both children and adults first aid.
Feel free to call me Twisty, it's the name I'm known by in the community.