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Our Sunnyside Team
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
Supporter - Home & Garden
Supporter - Home & Garden
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.
Connection, Care & Happiness
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!