22 June 2016
At YWCA Canberra, we’re really proud of the vibrancy and diversity of our staff team. We’ll be bringing you regular staff snapshots so you can meet our team and find out a bit more about the people behind our programs and services. Today, meet Kevin, our Finance and Corporate Services Manager.
Tell us about your role at YWCA Canberra.
As the Finance and Corporate Services Manager, my role is quite broad. I work across many areas including finance, ICT and corporate coordination. My role also involves financial services for YWCA Australia , such as providing reports to their finance committees and the Board.
What’s on your playlist?
Boards of Canada for sure, some of the live albums by good old King Crimson, Haken, GY!BE, Porcupine Tree and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Sometimes while I’m driving, I tune in to Art Sound FM. I find it’s pretty good background music for me.
What are you reading at the moment?
Nothing. I’ve just finished reading a mystery novel by Keigo Higashino called The Devotion of Suspect X. It had a good storyline and was a bit of a challenge to read! I’m planning to read a Chinese novel called Ordinary World by Lu Yao. It is about a group of ordinary people in a village of north China, and how their lives changed extraordinarily under the big time from 70’s to 80’s in China.
When you’re not at work, what’s your relaxation activity of choice?
I do many things. I enjoy playing with my two daughters, watching movies, listening to music and driving to the coast with my family. I also like to play musical instruments, and I often try to write things down and record myself as I’m playing. I have taught myself to play guitar and the drums, and more recently, I’ve become interested in the synthesizer and loop machine. I’m not sure if this counts as a relaxation activity though.
What’s an achievement that you’re proud of?
It is hard to quantify achievements. I think it is the progress of continuing developments.One of my achievements has been developing all sorts of skills and experiences while working at the Y. More importantly, I’ve successfully blended into the Australian culture and community since I came to Australia when I was 17.
What’s the best concert that you’ve ever been to?
I went to see The Cure many years ago, and I’ve been a fan since I was in high school. It brings back a lot of good memories. The concert went for three and half hours, and had great sound and visuals. That was a wonderful performance!
What makes you proud to work at the Y?
The people who work at the Y. They are all enthusiastic and have a great sense of humour, especially my colleagues in Finance & Corporate Services. I feel we are all like a big family and people are very supportive of each other.