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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

60 seconds with Sylvana Haynes-ter Meulen

60 seconds with Sylvana Haynes-ter Meulen
From Goolburri Health Advancement Co. Ltd.

Senior Practitioner Family Well Being

1. Where your mob from:
It's complicated! I come originally from Indonesia, where I was born. I am currently still looking for my mother's family in Indonesia. From there we moved to the Netherlands, where I grew up. I now live in Australia and have been here since 1985.

2. Name a Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person that has influenced your life or encouraged to be the person you are?
I have been really lucky and had a lot people in my life that have mentored me and are still mentoring me. One person who has been shaping my views is Dundalli, through the book "Warrior". Professor Marcia Langton has also been important in teaching me.

3. 5 things I cannot live without:
My partner, our children, Australian sunsets, my books, humour and laughter.

4. What is your favourite flavoured ice cream?
Vanilla ice cream, but really any ice cream! I like colours though.

5. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be? And what drink would you have?
I think I have already answered this for one of the other questions. It would be Dundalli. I don't care what I drink really, I like gin and tonic though.

6. If you could be an animal what would you be?
I would be an eagle. I used to dream I was an eagle. Since than I found out that is a sign of someone who is mad???

7. What is your favourite season and why?
Spring and autumn because autumn reminds me of all things changing, and I love the colours, and being born again in spring with different colours.

8. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Acting like a kid. Especially the jumping about and moving like a kid. And the fact that it is acceptable to make mistakes that you can learn from when you're a kid.

9. What hobby or activity that you don't do now but think you might like to do when you retire?
I would like to make things, anything really. I have just been given a cordless drill that I can drag with me wherever there is something to make. I would spend more time just with people and friends. It will be good not to have to rush everything all the time.

10. What goes through your mind when your boss asks to talk to you privately?
That makes me giggle, because I experience this often and always think that I must have forgotten something, or said something silly. The good thing is that I pretend that I have forgotten because I am old...which no one believes!

11. What song do you love to dance to?
I love songs from St Paul and the Broken Bones. Just have a listen on YouTube. Great to dance to! 

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