Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 26.07.2017

Christopher Wallis

Class of 1999
OCCUPATION IT Security Analyst
Lives Melbourne, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Karri
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Work history
  • IT Security Analyst
Achievements
  • Board member of Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc - Providing peer and activist support to the bisexual and wider LGBTQIA+ community in Victoria, 2016
  • Founding board member of "SAINTS PRIDE" (St Kilda Football Club LGBTQI+ Supporters Group), 2015
  • Member of Telstra Spectrum (LGBTQI+ Diversity Group), 2012
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What does life look for you now?

Happy content single life with many awesome friends both from my Radford days and other places. A pansexual (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality) enjoying life and cafe culture in Melbourne town for nearly a decade. Working for a telecommunications company for a day job, enjoying being an IT Security Analyst for nearly a decade here in Melbourne.
Still a die hard St Kilda Football Club (Thanks Bort) supporter as well as Tottenham Hotspur (Thanks Ewen).

Tell us what you are passionate about?

Outside my day job I work hard being a passionate advocate for mental health and LGBTQIA+ peoples. I am on the board of Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc. which provides grass roots support to the LGBTQIA+ community here in Victoria and looking to start a not for profit peer support group for neurodiverse people (ASD, ADHD etc).

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Friends that I have kept for life (You know who you are ? )

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

Grass roots activists I work with and meet in the human rights field including people who are passionate about LGBTQIA+, indigenous, refugee and mental health rights.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

In my kind of way I tumbled my way through my 20's but as it stands I am pretty happy where I have landed.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

This is an interesting one for me - I wish I could tell the younger self its ok not to fit in sometimes and walk to your own beat. It was only 1 or 2 years after graduation that I found out that I was high functioning autistic which made my school experience make a lot more sense.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don't be afraid to be yourself! What ever sexuality, gender or personal beliefs you have. You’re unique and you rock as you are!!! ?

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