Kimberley Simpson

My name is Kimberley Simpson; the people who inspire me are my current team leader, Angela Ryan, and my father, Russell Simpson, who sadly passed away 4 and half years ago.

Angela is an Indigenous woman, who has worked at Brisbane City Council for over 15 years and was appointed Team Leader of an administration team of nearly 30 staff nearly 2 years ago.

Russell had worked in several government departments, developing and promoting cultural awareness. Both of the people have shown along with determination and hard work, I can be and do whatever I want to achieve. My dream is to one day become a leader. I have taken steps to follow my dream by taking opportunities to learn and develop my skills. I have completed a Certificate III in Business Administration, through a traineeship with Brisbane City Council. I gained full time employment. I developed an administration procedure in my workplace. I was a top 12 finalist for Trainee of the Year in 2005.

The challenge that I have had to overcome during my life is growing up as Aboriginal woman, with a disability. I have had to work hard my whole life to fit in with most able people. Nothing has ever been handed to me, just because of who I identify as. Working as an Administration Officer in Council has given me many opportunities to succeed and develop. I have been able to work with many people from all backgrounds and I have been able to educate others to be culturally aware.

I was born in Brisbane and live in Inala, Queensland. My mother's family are from Scotland and Australia. My father's family are from Gayndah, Queensland. My people are from the Wakka-Wakka tribe - Simpson and Woods families and extended families. My mother's mother moved from Scotland when she was just 4 and has lived here since. Both of my father's parents, both Aboriginal people, grew up and lived in Gayndah, and moved to Brisbane in the 1950's.