Brianna Mowatt | Class of 2014

 
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The Archdiocese of Perth recently featured Brianna Mowatt’s work with Identitywa as part of the Archbishop’s 2020 Winter Appeal for LifeLink, which was launched in May with the aim of raising funds to directly help people in real need throughout Western Australia.  

The Psychology graduate spent five years balancing her studies at Curtin University with a part-time role in disability support at the Archdiocesan agency. In assisting with providing personalised support to people living with disability, as well as their families, Brianna was able to witness the real difference such support can make. 

She described an experience where helping two siblings learn how to ride a bike was so much more than facilitating play. 

‘After many weeks of persevering through each of their individual challenges and setbacks, they both, much to their delight, eventually achieved their goal!’ she told the Archdiocese. ‘It demonstrated their defining qualities, like their motivation and goal-orientated behaviour – qualities which I believe were so important for their ultimate development to be healthy and happy adults.’ 

Brianna’s community-minded focus and ability to connect with others was fostered during her time at the College. She served as Salvado House Prefect and was active in numerous team sports, as well as Inter-house play. Her favourite memory from school, however, was being a part of the Mulan Immersion in Year 11. 

She told the College, ‘A group of eight students, myself and teachers travelled to the Aboriginal community of Mulan in the East Kimberley where we spent a week working with and supporting Aboriginal children build social skills and reach educational targets in their school and the community. This experience really opened up my mind to different cultures from my own and has stayed with me ever since! I believe it helped shaped my positive outlook and acceptance of others.’

In similar fashion, working at Identitywa has contributed immensely to her development.

‘I’ve learnt tolerance and patience and I am much more knowledgeable and understanding of people with varying abilities.

‘My Identitywa experience has taught me how to effectively and practically communicate, which I know will be extremely valuable in my chosen career.’

With her work at the agency now complete, Brianna now intends to pursue a career as a Child Protection Worker. Her journey so far is a testament to the value of being involved with organisations, including schools, that promote equity and inclusion.

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