Staff Snapshot – Vicki Green

8 December 2014

Vicki GreenAt 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 Vicki Green, Administration Officer. 

Can you tell us a bit about your role at YWCA Canberra?

I first started working with the Y on a part-time basis in 2009, working in the growing Training Unit as the Administration Coordinator, working and meeting a diverse range of driven colleagues and clients. The remainder of my working week was spend at my very different career of hairdressing.  In 2011 I  became a full time employee of YWCA Canberra, with an additional position as a  Child Care Accounts Officer. This position allowed me to discover the world of finance within Children’s Services. During 2013 I transitioned to the Finance Department for six months to help out. This was very different and a great learning experience for me. I also co-ordinate the ENCORE program which is a very fulfilling role. My weeks are very varied which I love!

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

This year I turned 50 and it was a goal of mine to run a half-marathon – not really scary but definitely a nervous and anxious time leading up to the big day.  Thank fully, I made it and was first in my age category.

What’s on your current playlist?

Currently on my playlist I enjoy Angus and Julia Stone, Ed Sheeran, Vance Joy and Bruno Mars.

What is the most out-there job you’ve ever had?

When I was newly married and only 21, my husband and I spent two years travelling around Australia working in Shearing Sheds. I was a Roustabout, which was great for fitness, but I also had to cook for 20 to 30 men as a Shearers’ cook.  A big challenge for me at that age, especially with very little cooking experience – definitely character building!

If you had to choose a single thing about the Y that makes you proud to work here, what would it be?

During my years at the Y I have met many varied and inspirational women – it has been a pleasure to share the growth of women in the workforce.

When you’re not at work, what’s your relaxation activity of choice?

I love being outdoors so gardening and long distance running are my favourite pastimes.

Who’s your favourite inspirational woman?

Turia Pitt – this woman is amazing and an inspiration to all mankind. I follow her on Instagram and she astounds me!

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