Meet Bethany – Cultural diversity Coordinator

Jun 22, 2022

Bethany is smiling at the camera, behind her is a blurred background

For those who aren’t sure, can you explain your role?

My role is to look at how Rocky Bay can respond to people’s cultural needs – whether that’s staff or customers – and work on ways to improve. Given it was an area that hadn’t specifically been addressed before I started in my role started in 2019, I look within the organisation as well as outward-facing.

Some examples of what I’ve worked on include improving the cultural information we have about staff and customers, improving access to information in other languages, and helping achieve our Reconciliation Action Plan commitments. 

Describe what a typical day looks like for you? 

A day as Cultural Diversity Coordinator involves lots of liaising – emails, phone calls, and Microsoft Teams meetings. All of the projects I work on require input and decision-making from others, so a lot of communication to move each task forwards fills a lot of my time.

The other main part of my days is researching – whether that be to understand a concept we’re trying to implement, get quotes, or research best practice in a particular area.

What do you love most about your role? 

I love working with so many different people at Rocky Bay and getting to know their roles. I love seeing ideas come to fruition, and knowing that they will make some difference to people’s sense of belonging, connection or access to Rocky Bay.

Tell us more about your previous experience in the disability sector?

I have worked for Rocky Bay for over nine years, with two breaks to enjoy the start of my two girls’ lives. I worked in the Clinical division for four years, and have been in the HR division, starting this role in 2019. I am an Occupational Therapist, and I view most of what I do through the eyes of an OT. 

I started at Rocky Bay in a project role, as Community Inclusion Facilitator. The project looked at ways to support children with autism to connect to community recreation and social activities. I then went on to be a Client Support Officer, which was intake for Clinical services pre-NDIS.

I was then very fortunate to be Project Coordinator for the Finding Different Ways Project (2015-2017) which looked at what our engagement with Aboriginal families and the community was like, and how we could improve. My current role came out of a study tour I undertook in Canada in 2017 – it was a great privilege to represent Rocky Bay.

What do you love to do in your free time? 

My two favourite things to do at the moment are to hang out with my daughters (aged two and four), and to take photos, often both at the same time. I love to be creative, so I’ve always got a few projects on the go to keep that cup full.

What are three things you can’t live without and why?

1. The wonderful people I do everyday life alongside – people who challenge, encourage and support me and my family.

2. My camera – I love to capture everyday moments in my and others lives. It brings me a lot of joy!

3. I think I’d find it hard to live without sunlight. It brings physical warmth, helps our garden grow, and of course helps me capture the ‘perfect’ shot through my camera.

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