I’m a corporate project professional, beyond blue mental health ambassador, and small business owner. I am the middle child of 6, I grew up in a migrant family with strict Lebanese Muslim parents in the northern suburbs. Based on my community’s expectations, I should have been married with children before reaching my 20’s. I was different. Since I was little, I have always been willing to take risks and be proactive in trying to make my dreams a reality.
Outside work, I am a beyond blue ambassador volunteer, I joined in 2014 after my own personal battle with Anxiety, despite my battle with Anxiety I feel that sharing my story will inspire hope in others. During the time I have overcome my battles, I have undertaken over 30 volunteer engagements, influencing others in the community to help reduce the stigma and educate them on mental health.
Since 2012, I have been enthusiastically pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities and am a passionate foodie. With little education or money, my parents were unable to guide me, so I worked hard at high school and won the best all-rounder award but failed to achieve the right score to enter university. I opted for a TAFE education to bridge the gap, then took on a traineeship. At 17, I worked 3 jobs and tried to learn everything I could within these roles before moving on.
During my early career, I underwent as much learning and development I could and started to build networks that would later serve me in my career. Through engagements with mentors, I was able to build my skillset and my experience and move up the corporate ladder, albeit with many challenges along the way. Over 15 years, I worked my way up, taking on challenges, when I was told ‘No’, it pushed me further.