Marilyn Garbin

Growing up in Australia, I was faced with many challenges, including a mum with mental health issues and a brother with a disability. I never quite felt as though I "fit in". Our family dynamic was not "the norm". We were far from perfect, made lots of mistakes, learned a lot and stick together despite everything.

Having the childhood I had, I became very interested in personal development and curious about people from an early age and started embarking on my own personal and professional development.

I realised at the age of 17 that I was scared of people with Down Syndrome and soon afterwards, decided to become a volunteer with the ACTIV Foundation. That was the beginning of my "career" in the disabilities sector. I have worked in various roles over the years supporting people with a disability in government and private sectors as well as not for profits.

In 1999, having completed qualifications in Business Administration and Fashion, and having worked a number of years in the corporate sector as a PA, I decided to embark on a career change and started working in Vocational Education and Training which is where I have been ever since.

Can Do Training was launched because I wanted to combine my knowledge, skills and experiences to develop courses that will enable our participants to develop confidence, self esteem and relevant, workplace and life skills whilst being supported in a safe and nurturing learning environment.

I know what it's like to "feel different" and to feel as though I don't quite fit and continue to realise that it's ok because we are all unique. We all have our strengths, weaknesses, our "dis" and our "abilities" and I want to help people further develop abilities to help create a fulfilling life with purpose.


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