Meet Our Team

We have 20+ staff on our team, all with a passion to help others have a life worth living. Meet a few...

Heather Thompson
Director
Heather is the founder and director of Life is Worth Living and has 35 years of work in a variety of areas. Her academic background in health sciences specialising in aging and recreation post-grad, influences her approach to applying health principles in a community development context. Her high level of drive, passion for her work, and creative thinking have continued to grow after holding a number of roles within the disability sector since 2013. She has lived experience, which contributes to her practical understanding applied to her work. The business grew out of Heather’s personal core values and a recognition that life is precious. Through her work in facilitating individual community-based activities and seeing the benefits of being a part of many first-time experiences, she wanted to further develop the mantra to help people build a life worth living. Embracing a work culture of inclusion and respect fuels her motivation for further business growth to reach those in the community who will benefit from the unique style of personalised support offered by her team. She is inspired by a drive to do things that matter and make a positive difference in the lives of those seeking support. Her passion is having a strong belief in mutual worthiness, aspiring to provide a sense of inclusion within her team and to those they support enabling a sense of equality within our community. She displays a high level of competency and dedication in her approach and has earned respect from those she has worked with over the years. Heather's long-term goal is to create positive change at a societal level by the way she consciously contributes and takes responsibility both personally, and throughout her career journey. Heather's genuine dedication to working in the community sector has assisted her in fulfilling her dream of running her own inclusive service. She is inspired by supporting people to lead a fulfilling life by encouraging those connected to Life Is Worth Living, which extends to growing her nurturing team of like-minded staff, to follow their dreams.

BAppSc (Physical Education)

PostGrad (Ageing & Recreation)

Dee Davis
Senior Admin Officer / Support Worker
I previously worked in large secondary schools as an Education Support Worker. My duties included front-of-house reception and close liaison with all key school stakeholders. My current role aims to ensure I am approachable to new and existing clients.  I enjoy being diligent in my approach to the vast array of admin duties presented each day.  I find it rewarding to be able to contribute to the positive experiences of the people we support.  I also work in support services and relish opportunities to assist people in memorable experiences that may not have eventuated without caring collaboration. My interests are gardening, caring for my four fur babies and arts and crafts. I take joy in watching the people we support live their lives to the full.
Administration Team
Our administration team helps out with the daily running of our service, managing all things finance, HR, and correspondence.

Max
Peer Mentor

I work in parks and gardens and love being outdoors. I have a passion for restoring classic cars. Health and fitness is a keen interest of mine and I enjoy encouraging others to improve their overall wellbeing. Spending time with my family is important to me and going on long drives with some good music playing. I have a passion for helping people and believing in them to achieve and overcome whatever hurdles are in their way.

Ellie
Youth Mental Health

I'm passionate about youth mental health and people exploring their interests. I love assisting with study support and doing exciting outings such as Piano Bar, horse riding and musicals. I have great empathy and understanding as I have lived experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Peter
Peer Mentor

A retired professor and librarian. Peter has a BA in librarianship; a MAppSc in information studies; and a PhD in education. While his qualifications may be academic, he is empathetic in nature and committed to enriching lifestyle experiences and choices. Peter is an avid bike rider and uses his tandem to provide people with visual impairment the freedom to ride. He is acutely aware of how life challenges us, and he has a focus on lowering anxiety. Peter can also assist with writing and study-related tasks.

Jesse
Peer Mentor

I’m a kind and thoughtful individual who is passionate about assisting people to be their best and grow along the way, I am currently finishing a Diploma of Community Services Case Management and having been working in the field for over a year. In my free time I love anything to do with sports, music and creating different types of art. Being able to help individuals find their own passion while trying new things and exploring different opportunities within the community in my favourite part of the job.

Josh
Allied Health Assisstant and Support Worker

I have completed a Certificate IV in Disability and Allied Health Assistance and have transitioned from working as a baker into the allied health and support work fields. I am currently working under the guidance of a physiotherapist and have been doing work in a gym, hydrotherapy, in-home, and clinical settings. I enjoy doing community support work and have made long-term connections with those I work with both colleagues and clients. I am known for my reliability and work ethic. The challenging circumstances that I have experienced in my life have allowed me to have a unique understanding of hardships. This has motivated me to find work in areas that allow me to help others overcome any challenges and obstacles that they may face and assist them to overcome them. When I am not at work I enjoy playing with my son, spending time with my partner and friends playing board games, trying new foods and seeing new places.

Sharee
Support Worker/Assistance Dog Trainer

Animals, especially assistance dogs have always had a positive impact on helping me through life's challenges. I love nothing more than supporting others to achieve new goals and extend any of their perceived limitations. I have a strong love for all animals and am passionate about assistance animals increasing a person's independence. I am a qualified disability support worker and an assistance dog trainer sometimes combining the two in my sessions. I am caring and empathetic and bring with me genuine understanding due to my own lived experience.

Keith
Peer Mentor

I’m a support worker with many interests and talents including Photography,Cooking, Cycling and Walking by the water, l have an interest in providing photos of willing and approved participants in and around our great landscape in our local area and provide them with great memories for both them and their families. I am a Peer Mentor and have been working in the field for over 3 years. A previous employer was Public Transport Victoria where I was able to include, in my role as a senior member, emphasis on Disability assistance and Disability requirements on pubic transport around Victoria. I live in the Geelong local area and l pride myself on community engagement experiences throughout the region with participants.

Geoffrey
Expert Paper Shredder & PR Representative

Geoffrey was introduced to the Life Is Worth Living team a couple of years ago and is now also a part of our team where his role has extended into doing some promotional and office work. He assists us by providing valuable feedback from having lived experience and fits in well with the culture of our organistaion welcoming others into our support network to share the experiences with our team at The Nest.

Matt
Support Worker

I have been working in the disability support sector for over 12 months and have enjoyed assisting people to move towards their goals. This aligns with my work as a Bowen therapist, NLP coach and football trainer, helping people live out happier lives. I like being able to help others achieve their goals. I think it is very rewarding to help people grow and see them thrive doing what they love. I especially like assisting participants in accessing their passions, whether it be football, fishing, food, small business enterprises, shopping or being more social. I enjoy watching my kids play sports, taking photos, getting down to the beach each day, camping and great coffee.

Joanna
Support Worker

I am an enthusiastic, energetic and committed Mental Health and Community Service professional with 10+ years’ experience working under pressure in challenging disability, mental health and aged care environments. I hold a Diploma of Community Service, a Certificate IV in Mental Health and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Venezuela. I’m a proactive professional with proven experience delivering high quality, best practice assessment and treatment to individuals and children experiencing complex behavioural needs and overseeing behaviour supports according to the PBS Capability Framework. I have knowledge in art therapy, colour therapy, circle of personal fulfillment with the objective of planning and developing the different aspects or/or areas that life offers for our personal growth. Hardworking, physically fit and healthy professional with a positive attitude and the ability to build strong respectful relationships with all members of the community.

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Gracie
Peer Mentor

My name is Belinda Grace. I am a bubbly, outgoing person with loads of energy, empathy and patience. Working with clients with special attributes is my forte, and helping them to achieve their best selves is where I excel. Hardworking, honest, respectful, loyal and always ready to jump in to ensure that everything is as it should be. Excellent communication skills, time management and work equally as well in a team or independently. My jobs have ranged from working as an Integration Aide to a Communication Assistant for Deaf in both ASL and Auslan, to a SCUBA diving instructor, where I set up my own deaf diving business to ensure deaf were able to access the incredible underwater world also. After traveling the world and working in different countries: England, Honduras, Israel and America, I have now returned home. Currently, I am looking for a way to use all my skills to enrich people's lives and therefore enriching mine.

Adam
Peer Mentor

Being a peer mentor allows me to make a positive impact in people's lives. I love having the opportunity to do something I'm passionate about, which is to connect with individuals, understand their unique needs, and provide the support they require. Studying Cert IV in disability is an exciting step towards furthering my knowledge and skills in this field. It's all about making a difference and creating a more inclusive and supportive community for everyone!

Dot
Support Worker

I enjoy supporting individuals and helping them where they are at, to live their life as they want, and to achieve their goals. I am from a large sibling family of 11, in the past I have been a Sewing machinist, Printer by trade, and an inhouse foster carer for 10 years. My experience as a Foster carer involved supporting a child with Autism, and children with emotional needs and other disabilities. I am Qualified with a Certificate III in Age Care worked as an Age Carer with clients in their homes for 14 years. I have managed a soup kitchen for 3 years and continue to support a sister with disabilities and ongoing experience as a Disability support worker in my present role with Life Is Worth Living. In the last 5 years have enjoyed fishing, camping and boating Since I was young I have enjoyed all Sci-fi, from movies and tv series to collecting memorabilia.