It all started with a piece of paper

Inspiring Moss Vale student, Debra Williams is ready to embark on the next chapter of her life as a way to give back to her community.

To say that Debra has faced adversity in her life would be an understatement yet, rising like the phoenix, she takes it all in her stride.

A couple of years ago, Debra’s 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with AVM (a brain malformation) which required 17-hours of brain surgery, 20 days in an induced coma and 10 weeks of recovery and rehabilitation.

Despite other life hurdles that Debra has faced, she completed the Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways course at TAFE NSW Illawarra Moss Vale after being handed a course information flyer.

This first career step has taken Debra on towards further study with the Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) course.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be so simple to step from one course into another that would send me on a path into my future workplace,” says Debra.

“It all started with a piece of paper; that simple good gesture has led to a much larger panoramic picture of my future, like pieces of a lifetime puzzle falling into place,” she says.

Despite ongoing care for her now 17-year-old and 11-year-old daughters, Debra’s great desire to give back to the community is admirable and humbling.

“I’ve always felt that it’s more blissful to give than to receive,” says Debra.

Susan Douglas, Teacher Human Services is inspired by Debra’s strength of character and positive outlook on life.

“Debra is going well in her course and I know she is dealing with a lot in her personal life. Debra just powers through and doesn’t let her personal life impact her studies,” says Susan.

“In addition to her study, Debra has completed 120 hours of work placement over the semester at Moss Vale Harbison and I know they are very impressed with her. Debra has a very good rapport with the elderly people,” she says.