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Wendy Kelly IWD2021

Kilmore District Health Board Director

What is your greatest achievement/highlight/story, something that you are proud of?

  • Being a Mum

  • Watching our 3 children grow up, supporting them in their chosen sports (travelling state-wide and interstate) seeing them achieve their goals in life, growing up into amazing adults

  • We have 3 grandsons very proud of them all

  • Watching our eldest son compete in the 2000 Olympics in Judo

  • I enjoy supporting our daughter with her love of horses, watching her compete in eventing (dressage, show jumping & cross country) proud of her determination

  • Being part of forming the first wheelchair netball competition in Australia

  • Victorian Disability Sector Awards, winning the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Have you overcome challenges that you have learnt from?

  • Living my life with a disability

  • I have learnt how to empower people with a disability to have a voice

  • I have spent a great deal of my life educating the community in a way they can relate to in their daily life

  • I have learnt that we still have a long way to go to have an inclusive society.

Who are the women who have inspired you in your life and/or career, and why?

I don’t have any one specific women that has inspired me. I have met many women throughout my life that are managing a high-profile job whilst raising a family. I draw on strengths I see in every woman to push myself to strive for more.

What advice would you give to future women and girls in your industry?

  • Have a holistic view about individuals lives.

  • Have empathy

  • Encourage people with a disability to have a voice.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet, and why?

My Mum, we lost her suddenly, I would love to have a cup of tea and long chat.

Who is someone you look up to at KDH and why?

I have a lot of admiration for Sue Race, our previous CEO, who worked tirelessly for continuous improvement for KDH.

What is a quote or saying that you live by?

  • What will be will be

  • It is what is what it is.


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