Kerry Parker

It's hard work being a single Mum; and Mount Isa woman Kerry Parker knows all too well the pressures that come with juggling work and family commitments.

But through sheer perseverance and hard work, Kerry has been able to purchase her own home and get a job where she is able to make a difference to her community every day.

"I am currently working as a Project Officer for the Department of Communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services," Kerry said.

"I'm proud to be an Aboriginal woman and I hope that what I am doing is giving other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the pride and confidence to take any step they wish and feel that they can do it like I have."

Although Kerry has become successful in her career and in raising her children, she says that it hasn't always been easy.

"I struggled with raising my family and keeping them involved in the community with local events, sports and school attendance, especially with things like lack of transport and living on a low income," she said.

"But my family and children inspire me to continue to work in the areas I choose.

"We are all given challenges in our lives that we can use to make us stronger. When you fall, you can either lay down or you can choose to get up again.

"[But] Life isn't supposed to be easy, and if it was how boring would our lives be?"

Since starting work with the Department of Communities, Kerry has continued to build on her skills and qualifications having completed a Diploma in Leadership Governance in November 2011 which she hopes will help her achieve her ambition of becoming a manager or regional director in the public service locally.

"I hope my community can look at me and see that you don't have to be rich or have a partner to do want you want to do."