Natalie O’Driscoll | February 2020
THE GOLD COAST HAS NO SHORTAGE OF EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN TO CELEBRATE.
To mark International Women’s Day, we spoke to seven Gold Coast women who are kicking some serious goals (literally, in one case) within their chosen professions, to find out a little bit more about their stories, some of the challenges they’ve overcome along the way, and their philosophies about success.
FOUNDER, ACTIVE OPPORTUNITIES
OWNER, 6729 BAKERY
GENERAL MANAGER, WORKPLACE TRAINING STRATEGIES
Having overcome challenges with substances and homelessness in her youth, Amelia Gow was faced with another obstacle on her way to recovery – a lack of people willing to give her a chance.
This led her to make a sea change, moving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. Here she started her own social enterprises 6729 Bakery and Active Opportunities, businesses that enable her to help people who may have taken a similar path to hers find their way back into gainful employment and a fulfilling life.
“The Gold Coast was my refuge, my safe haven, a place I could start again and build a better life for myself and it really did deliver everything I needed,” she tells us.
Her values have helped her stay steady during challenging times in the process.
“It’s all about honesty and integrity – standing behind your vision and mission and living and breathing it.
Some Feedback from one of our Jobactive associates about the
'Be Remarkable' Program
“I had Jacqueline walk in this morning just to give some great feedback about Amelia where she has been training at the café.
She says for a young person, Amelia is so very grounded and very passionate about working with the referred clients
She has always got something positive she can drag out of any negative which has been so very uplifting for all of the trainees.
She reinforces that there is never a ‘I can’t do it’
She makes a point to telling everyone about how talented they are and shows them why.
Jacqueline feels very lucky to have had someone like Amelia come across her path,
and says "she is an exceptional young lady.”
Fred Keenan | Employer Account Manager - Jobactive
Jade McGarry | November 2019