Our Sunnyside Team

Support Coordination / Recovery Coaching Team

Alyssa

Support Coordinator / 

Recovery Coach 

Alyssa has worked in disability since 2014 and has an extensive understanding of supported employment. This hands-on frontline experience coupled with disability leadership and implementing business improvement strategies for a large disability NFP, makes Alyssa uniquely well rounded. 

Alyssa started in the sector after her nieces were diagnosed with a rare genetic condition. This fueled her passion to positively impact on the world they grew up in so they could live the life they wanted and not one defined by societal expectations.   

Alyssa loves supporting people with a disability to live the life they choose and believes everyone has the right to equitable participation in an inclusive and accessible community.

Alyssa holds a Graduate Certificate in Disability Inclusion,  Mental Health First Aid, and a Bachelor Business Event / Sports Management.

Nicole

Recovery Coach

With more than 15 years of experience working with people living with mental health and a Social Science degree, Nicole is super passionate about using her knowledge of recovery oriented practice to support people overcome the barriers holding them back to living a life they love. 

Shae

Support Coordinator

With more than 20 years of experience working as a medical practice receptionist, Shae has also successfully navigated her own pathway onto the NDIS and is passionate about supporting others to understand and get the most out for their NDIS plans. 

Lennice

Support Coordinator / Psychosocial Recovery Coach 

Lennice has an impressive career in the community services sector spanning  disability support, special school education, respite, in home services, spinal care, &   aged care. More recently, Lennice led a team of support workers to deliver quality supports.  

On a personal note, Lennice also nursed her sister through her year long battle with a rare aggressive cancer,  and continues to provide informal support to her children who living with schizophrenia.  This has given Lennice great insight into mental health and an intimate understanding of some of the hurdles people face when trying to support loved ones recovering from psychosocial disability.

Lennice has Certificate IV in Disability (2016), Certificate III in Home and Community Care,  Mental Health First Aid (2017)


Gold Coast Support Team

Wendy

Support Worker

Wendy loves golf and is also a fit, calm, friendly, caring, compassionate and vibrant support worker who is flexible in her approach to supporting people. Wendy has previously  volunteered reaching out to support women in prison and supporting people experiencing homelessness for some years. Wendy is currently studying Certificate IV Mental Health

Amhir

Support Worker 

TBC

Taylah

Support Worker

Taylah love dogs, camping and the outdoors especially water activities and is an experienced support worker who assists people living with mental health and / or intellectual disability to develop life & social skills & to participate in their community. Taylah has a Diploma of Community Services and currently studies Social Work at university.

Olivia

Support Worker

Olivia loves people from all walks of life, animals, camping, rollerblading, and adventure. Liv brings 15 years of personal training experience to her role as a support worker and loves helping people to meet their fitness goals while connecting to their community and reaching for the stars. Olivia believes in a whole of life holisitic approach to well-being and has a Certificate III Individual Support and a Certificate IV Fitness.

Steph 

Support Worker

Before commencing support work, Steph worked in finance and a local tavern. Steph has been studying Bachelor Business / Bachelor Psychological Science since 2017 with graduation expected in 2024. 


Nicole

Support Worker / Coach

With more than 15 years of experience working with people living with mental health and a Bachelor Social Science, Nicole is super passionate about using her knowledge of recovery oriented practice to support people overcome the barriers holding them back to living a life they love. 

Sally

Support Worker

Having her own personal experiences of living with psychosocial disability, Sally understands and empathises with others travelling their own mental wellness journey. Sally is a great listener and loves encouraging hope and courage in others.  Sally lives a healthy life and has found a rewarding and meaningful role that she loves. 

Sally holds a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice (2021),  Bachelor Nursing (2013), Certificate III Aged Care (2007), Bachelor Applied Science - Human Movement Studies (Exercise Management (1994)

Logan & Redlands Support Team

Lindsey

Support Worker 

Lindsey is a fighting fit mum of 3 with a large extended family both here in Australia and the UK.  Lindsey spent 10 years serving with the British Army travelling the world.  


Once in Australia Lindsey spent 7 years working with kids experiencing complex trauma in the child safety space as a youth worker before she went on to coordinate and  oversee  a placement / residential  support service. In these roles Lindsey developed her skills in 

assisting young people to learn life  skills and emotional regulation. 


As a stay at home mum, Lindsey learned to navigate the unpredictably of parenthood as well as raising 3  children, 2 with diagnosed  behaviours. 


Lindsey has been fortunate to be a a full-time stay home mum in recent years, where her family took a 2 year adventure living in Karumba where they packed mud crabs in Far North Qld. Lindsey also delivered medications to remote indigenous communities.


Lindsey holds certificates & qualifications Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention (2013), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (2008), and is currently studying a Certificate IV Mental Health



Rachael 

Support Worker 

Rachael started out studying psychology at university for 2 years before deciding that social work was more her thing. Rach has been studying Social Work since 2019 and expects to graduate in 2022.


Rachael has previously worked in organisations who were supporting people living with autism, disability, and mental health.  


Rach also  worked within the Medical Centre of the Brisbane Correctional Centre where her daily tasks included processing daily transfers of offenders, new intakes, and medical transfers to the Princess Alexandra Hospital. 


Rach believes everyone deserves to live their best life and is passionate about doing whatever she can to make life that bit easier for people having a tough time.


Rach is a creative person and  loves singing, board games, pottery, knitting, theatre, bright colours, & seeing people happy.  Rach lives with her 2 dogs, 3 cats & 5 chickens. 


Jo 

Support Worker

With over twenty years’ of  experience in the disability sector, Jo is highly experienced in understanding  and meeting  the needs of people seeking  high quality support delivered with empathy, compassion, and laughter.

While Jo has had  grassroots frontline support work experience, she has also successfully led frontline service delivery teams for most of those years having worked for a large disability NFP for over 20 years before coming to Sunnyside for a fresh perspective and to also contribute to the lives of people living with psychosocial mental health too. 

Jo is as passionate as Sunnyside when it comes to delivering quality supports and choosing people B4 profit. 

Jo is an informal support to her brother who is an NDIS participant. 

Jo holds a Diploma of Management, Certificate IV Frontline Management,   Certificate IV in Community Services (Disability Work).

 

Isabella 

Support Worker

Isabella is in her final year of a double degree studying Bachelor of Psychological Science/ Masters of Mental Health Practice. Issy also holds a Certificate III in Fitness. Education coupled with growing up in an environment surrounded by mental illness has given Issy a different perspective in helping both herself and others understand the impacts psychosocial disability can have on an individual in all areas of their life as well as on those around them. 

This lived experience has driven Issy's passion for providing support and advocating for mental health, especially eliminating stigma and helping people to live a life of their choosing.  

Lockyer Valley Support Team

Christine 

Support Worker 

Christine is a respectful and gentle natured animal lover with a big heart & a strong passion to support people (younger & older) to learn new skills and live with dignity and choice. Chris holds a Certificate III Individual Support and is experienced in providing quality personal care supports to people living with health conditions and disability. Christine is experienced in providing end of life support care & support.

Home & Garden Team

Bree

Supporter - Home & Garden


Neil 

Supporter - Home & Garden

Jason 

Supporter - Home & Garden

Jason is our resident Mr Fix It and and mentors others in the Home & Garden team. With years of handyman, renovation, plastering, and painting experience under his belt, there is not much Jason cannot do. 

Sunnyside  Leaders 

Connection, Care & Happiness

Manager

Danni has been leading teams to deliver quality & heartfelt  service delivery in the community services sector for close to 20 years.  With experience spanning mental health, homelessness, addiction, disability and trauma, Danni leads our Sunnyside team ensuring the focus remains on People, not Profit! 

Danni is excited to be leading a team who live Sunnyside values, care relentlessly & support meaningfully, all while assisting people to

LIVE a LIFE they LOVE!

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