What does life look for you now?
I am a proud father of my daughter, Rose. Being a parent I feel is the most significant contribution to our community providing an opportunity for me to give back to life what I have been given through my experience.
I continue to explore ways to positively inspire people with creative media being real and true in my expression as an individual in a growing and evolving society.
Tell us what you are passionate about?
My passions are in supporting our co-existence with nature in seeking harmonious relationships with each other as people and how we relate with our living environments for the benefit of our future generations.
When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?
When I was young I aspired to be an entrepreneur, someone willing to take risks to provide initiatives that lead to beneficial opportunities for others to grow and develop in positive ways.
What is your favourite Radford moment?
I loved the camps and sporting carnivals. I loved the opportunity to co-exist with my fellow sisters... and brothers.
Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?
A few people stood out to me, one was John Foulcher my English teacher. His classes on poetry stood out to me through his own poetry and his insights on other poets especially T.S. Eliot
Also George Huitker who taught drama, someone who I didn't really know well one day pulled me aside and told me a quote from Jonathan Swift which has always echoed throughout my life:
"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him."
How easy was it to decide what to do in life?
I have been particularly challenged about what to do mostly because I am interested in so many diverse subjects and how they are all interconnected that it has always been difficult for me to focus on one specific pathway.
The quote from Robert Frost sums it up:
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
I have always been touched by the richness of people's lives who have been willing to take a lead into the unknown and share the wisdom thereby discovered.
Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?
No, I have found my plans have been subject to the new information I have discovered along the way. I have studied a number of subjects, some at university, some in private organisations but mostly from my own inquiry. The emergence of the internet has been a great boon to the territory of education and in sourcing direction and insight in a world that is so rapidly evolving with the advances in technology and changes in society. I really don't feel I have even started yet to deliver on my objectives, however it is all relative. There is so much more to learn.
What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?
I came to Radford in year 11 after spending most of my life in an all boy's school, Canberra Grammar. I had no real experiences prior to that relating with the opposite sex. This was a major reason for me to be shifting to Radford. I am so grateful to have made the shift, having spent most of my schooling years being exposed to an unbalanced male environment created social problems that I have been overcoming. I wish I had made the shift sooner as I feel it would've aided a richer social connection, I feel.
What advice do you have for current students?
For current students I recommend "know thyself". We are all unique and have great gifts and talents to share with our community. Be a leader in your life, be honest and quest toward discovering who you really are. Apply yourself and follow your interests. Listen to your heart and honour your intuition for this is the golden path through which you will be able to give truly of who you are in service to our community.
Anything else that you would like to share?
Be willing to question "authority". Making an effort to comprehend the true nature of situations will make a stronger version of yourself and hence you will have a much greater foundation to give from a place of well considered integral insight and application.