Alumni Breanna Solomon finalist in Westfield Local Hero competition
Breanna, who graduated from CHC in 2019, has always had a heart for helping others. Her service in different volunteering roles has now been recognised by the Westfield Local Hero competition. She currently works as an AOD counsellor for Lives Lived Well and also in private practice in Children and adolescent counselling. It is however her volunteering that has brought her to the attention of the competition organisers. Brianna expanded on her involvement as follows,
“During my spare time, I volunteer with an organisation called A Brave Life. Where I work with teenage and young mothers in a counselling and tutoring capacity, utilising both my psychology skills, alongside with my love for academia. Each week, I spend time tutoring our young mothers to help them finish grade 12 or with their tertiary degrees. I also support these girls through individual counselling, crisis management, and volunteer every second Friday to assist in running our Life Skills Program as group facilitator. I am also passing a group program that I wrote through ethics for A Brave Life, and dedicating the research components of my Masters to identify guidelines in retaining young mothers in the public education system.”
Breanna graduated from CHC with a Bachelor of Counselling, and started working for Queensland Health straight away. Her role as an AOD counsellor for Lives Lived Well and her private practice counselling role for Children and Adolescents followed.
“I love my role as a counsellor for both the small humans of the world (children) and those affected by the disease of addiction (AOD). Still continuing with supervision from my supervisor back in my prac years with CHC, I am always growing and learning.I am also doing my Masters in Trauma-Aware Education, with the prospect of being a PhD student with research in various trauma-aware education sectors (i.e. teenage parenting, foster children, etc). In 2020, I was lucky enough to be awarded the 7 News Young Achievers Award in Community Work. “
CHC is so proud of the incredible work Breanna has done and continues to do! We are cheering you on and pray God’s continued blessing on your work and life.