Day 11 – Alanna, DVCS Manager – Community Engagement & Development

Name: Alanna

Position: Manager – Community Engagement and Development

When did you start working with DVCS: November 2014

What is your favourite thing about working at DVCS: I am fortunately enough to work in a role where I engage with all the wonderful DVCS staff, the dedicated Board Members and volunteers, our amazing clients, superstar Champions and all the wonderful people that engage with us via sponsorship, support, members and stakeholders.

Many of the non-client people who engage with our service have a story or a reason for wanting to engage with us in our mission to end the world of domestic and family violence.  I feel honoured these people share their story with me, and those that allow me to share their story with the broader community.  Working in community engagement means I have met all sorts of people, from politicians to entertainers, local athletes to whole sporting clubs and of course, the other wonderful employees and volunteers of the community sector.

I love the wonderful staff at DVCS.  Not only do our crisis intervention staff work odd hours over a 24/7 roster, but they show up to work not knowing what the day holds, not knowing whose home they are walking into, whether they will end up at Court or at a Police Station.  I admire that tremendously.  I am a person that needs structure and organisation and I couldn’t do what our crisis intervention staff do.  Our team is made up of individuals who all bring a variety of strong skill sets to the table, we work together to achieve great things.  I’m proud to be a part of that and make any contribution I can.

What is your favourite thing about Canberra: I’ve lived in Canberra for the majority of my life, I love it here.  I love that it only takes me 30 minutes to drive to the other side of town.  I love the community feel and how we all look out for each other.  My role at DVCS means I engage with members of the public who want to get involved in some way.  I am amazed each and every day at how wonderful our community is.  The Canberra community really is the best!

How would you like to see the DFV landscape change: I’d like to see more education in schools, not just about respectful relationships, but about language and behaviours that contribute to violence against women and children.  In addition, I’d like the education to include services available for people who are experiencing or might experience domestic violence in the future.

What would be the one message you want people to take away from reading about you: It’s ok to ask for help.  Asking for help does not make you weak, it makes you stronger.