Cheryl-Leigh (Shellee) was recognised as a leader and innovator through her work with the Shine Intervention Program and as a mentor and role model for young women. Shellee was proud that her achievements had been recognised and was looking forward to the future.
“A few years ago, I didn’t want to get up and face the world - but now I wake up and think about how great my day is going to be.”
“My focus is on the personal growth that comes from the things that shake us and shape us in life, and I can now say I have a positive outlook for the future.”
“I wanted to thank Compass for their support – particularly Shane for drafting my application, as well as James Cameron who has always believed in me.”
Compass Managing Director Greg Budworth said Shellee’s victory was evidence of the transformative role appropriate housing can play in young people’s lives.
“It wasn’t that long ago that Shellee had hit rock bottom following a tumultuous past dotted with a trail of volatile relationships, substance abuse and teen homelessness,” Mr Budworth said.
“Fortunately Compass Housing Services was able to provide Shellee and her family with a safe and stable place to live and a chance to get her life back on track.
“With a little help along the way and a motivated can-do attitude - Shellee has turned her life around, is working, studying and giving back to the community.”
Through tireless volunteering with the Shine Intervention Program, she is providing much needed support for the community. Shellee helps empower young women to overcome personal battles and provides guidance that will set them on the path of success.
With plans to continue working alongside the program, Shellee is furthering her experience in mentoring and volunteering with the help of Compass Housing.
Mr Budworth said Shellee’s transformation has been nothing short of inspirational.
“Compass is incredibly proud of everything Shellee has achieved to date and we wish her every success in her journey.”