Staff Snapshot – Lee Newlyn

30 March 2017

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 Lee Newlyn.

Tell us about your role at YWCA Canberra? 

My role at YWCA Canberra is being part of our Children’s Services Quality Support Unit. My day is split between our School Age Care programs and Family Day Care educators. I am part of the team who regularly visit our Educators and School Age Care programs. We offer support in whatever form is needed, this may be helping with an educator’s studies, creating documents for program managers or even working at the programs as part of the supervision ratio. This is really just the tip of what we do as part of the Quality Support Team. I have been with YWCA Canberra for just over six months, and I love it so very much!

What’s on your playlist?

I am currently going through an Ed Sheeran and Green Day phase, but I will listen to almost anything. Ed is new to my world and I have loved Green Day since I was 14.

What are you reading at the moment?

I am reading travel guides and brochures for an overseas holiday I have coming up in middle of this year. I will be taking my daughter to Siem Reap in Cambodia and Singapore.

What is the scariest thing you’ve done in the past year?

The scariest thing I have done only happened in the last few months. I went and did the training to get my learners permit for a motorbike. I dream of being able to stop paying for parking in the city, and ride my scooter to work instead – and hopefully not fall off too often.

What’s an achievement that you’re proud of?

Becoming a solo mother by choice. It felt like a big thing to do at the time, and was by far the scariest thing I have ever chosen to do – and I had moved to London by myself when I was 23. I went through a fertility clinic in Sydney and conceived my now six year old daughter using donor sperm. I am a huge supporter of women being able to choose their own path and to make a family any way they want. My dad has been the greatest male role model my daughter could ever wish for, and my mum moved to Canberra at the end of 2015 to support me and to be there to do the school run for Harper. I am always so very thankful for the unconditional support my family has given me through this journey.

Who inspires you?

I am a little embarrassed, but Princess Mary inspires me.

People would be surprised if they knew…

I would consider myself to be very shy.

What’s the best concert that you’ve ever been to?

It is a tie between Green Day/ Black Eyed Peas/ Pink. All amazing for very different reasons

What’s on your bucket list?

To trek to Machu Picchu. I am well travelled, but this is one of the last big historic sites that I have not yet been to see. One day!

What’s your favourite movie quote?

Anything from the movie Love Actually -there are too many to choose from!

If you got a free around the world ticket, where would you go?

Bali, to Hong Kong, to Dubai, to Cairo, to Paris, to London, to New York, to Cuzco, and finally home. Only two of these would be new places to explore. The rest I have visited a couple of times and loved, and there is one I called home for two years.

Who is your feminist hero?

All women!

What makes you proud to work at the Y?

I feel so incredibly blessed to be part of YWCA Canberra. The people I get to work with everyday inspire me with their knowledge and passion for their work.


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