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5 mins with LIZ - ON-Q Employment Consultant

Monday, November 30, 2015

5 minutes with Liz

ON-Q’s Employment Consultant, who has been with ON-Q for over 4 years

Tell us about your role at ON-Q and how you ended up here?

I'm an Employment Consultant based at Tweed Heads.  I’m extremely privileged to be in a position to assist people with a disability, injury or illness in attaining suitable and sustainable employment.

I’m pretty passionate about this industry.  My younger brother has suffered throughout his life with severe health issues.  He was born profoundly deaf and he needed a tracheostomy within minutes of birth.  He has had significant surgeries throughout his life and was reliant on a tube in his neck to breathe.  He had this successfully removed when he was 21 however his whole face had to be reconstructed to accommodate this.  He is now 36 years of age. ON-Q assisted Chris greatly in obtaining employment with the GC Council and he is still there some 11 years later.

He had to endure most of his school life being bullied and harassed due to his physical disabilities. We went to the same school as I am only two years older than him.  I was always in his corner and will forever be.

I drove past ON-Q Varsity Lakes a few years back on my daily commute to Brisbane.  I rang them, emailed through my resume and was very fortunate enough that my boss to be was intrigued with my previous Naval Service and a posting to Baghdad.  He took a chance on me and for that I am extremely grateful.

It is so fulfilling to work for such a devoted organisation that prides itself wholly and solely on assisting others and changing their lives for the better.  My personal affiliation is also very special.

What do you love about where you live?

I love where I live.  The house where I grew up in my Mum still lives in and it is one street away from where I live now.  Burleigh Waters is just fabulous – the best end of the GC.

When not at work, you can find me …

Marrying couples, naming babies and bargain shopping.

Kind of music you like listening to?

Rick Astley – the only kind.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to Christmas holidays and watching my little girl rip the hell out of the wrapping paper to nab her presents.  I am also looking forward to Rick Astley touring again next year!

What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a child?

Focussed – started working at 14 at Marina Mirage so that I could buy “United Colours of Benneton” paraphernalia and have my own spending money.  I was a great saver – don’t know what happened.

How do you recharge?

Watching season re-runs of “Scandal” and “Sex and the City”.

If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

My mum taught me quality over quantity any day, and for that I am forever grateful however sometimes it is to my credit card’s detriment.

What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

Muriel – Muriel’s Wedding – “My life is as good as an Abba song”.  I love her bold fashion choices and not giving two hoots what others thought of them.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Charisma and the ability to not worry about what others think.

What one memory do you most treasure?

Meeting Rick Astley and boring the hell out of him with my story of when I was presented with tickets to his concert when I was 13 years of age, I fainted head first into my birthday cake.  He was incredibly gracious and went onto say “That’s one of the best fan story’s I’ve ever heard”.  I then bowed to him as I walked away.

What super power would you like to have?

To be able to see into the future and know that Bells, my daughter, will have a beautiful life.

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