Name: Louise Robinson
Pursuit: Career in Drug and Alcohol Support Work
Louise has had a very unstable upbringing which has strengthened her resolve to rise above the hard knocks. Her desire is to pursue a career in drug and alcohol work which comes from a mature understanding of the pain people suffer, the tangled mess their lives can become and the insidious sickness that is bred by addiction. Her insight gives her the opportunity to give others hope and direction. The Aim for the Stars grant will support her study of gaining a Diploma in Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health.
When did you start?
I started studying my Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs in 2011.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My career highlight would definitely be my volunteer work at an organisation in the heart of St Kilda, Melbourne. I have been doing an art program with marginalised individuals that have life controlling addictions. This experience has proven to be very rewarding and I am looking forward to continuing in the future.
What is your dream?
My dream is to continue my studies in Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health and continue my professional development as much as I can, in order to help my client group in the best way.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
Anyone who can turn a negative experience into a positive experience striving for a better future, is a hero in my eyes.
Any other special talents?
Hip Hop, Rap, House music and Alternative
Favourite TV Show?
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
I am putting the funding towards this year’s fees and books required, a laptop to help me study and submit homework, travel expenses to and from school/work placement and the appropriate clothing needed to work.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
“The great discovery of all time is that a person can change his/her future by merely changing his/her attitude”. Oprah Winfrey