Meet Simone - Winner of a Women in Community Life Award 2020

Friday, 24 July 2020

Meet Simone Stevens, a local woman from Lara and rightful award winner during the annual International Women’s Day awards.

In March 2020, Simone received the award for Women living with a Disability. Having been born without a disability, Simone embarked on a life-changing journey when she was only a toddler. Born in 1978, Simone suffered a cerebral haemorrhage three years later, leaving her with Cerebral Palsy.

The loving support of Simone’s family, which includes her mum and dad and brother, Andrew, gave her the confidence to lead a full and healthy life.

At the age of 26, Simone was in a position whereby she needed to source alternative living arrangements for family reasons, and after spending two years in respite, she secured her own place.

Simone spends much of her time advocating for the rights of people living with disability to participate equally in all elements of community life.
Having a passion for the Collingwood Football Club, Simone makes every effort to attend every game, donning the black and white.

At the age of 25, Simone had the pleasure of meeting her favourite all-time hero, Nathan Buckley. The excitement of meeting Nathan gave Simone an overwhelming sense of joy, and a sense of belonging.

Simone’s other passions involve her cat, Buster and tenpin bowling.

Simone’s proudest moment was when she finally got her first job.

Simone’s mission in life is to give everything a go, and she sets out to achieve her goals by surfing every year.

The City of Greater Geelong through its support for the Women in Community Life Awards provide opportunities to showcase and recognise the incredible contributions that women make to our community.

Each year the City of Greater Geelong, with the support from award sponsors and supporters including Barwon Health, Leisure Networks, Jean Hailes, Women’s Health and Well being Barwon South West, the Hon. Christine Couzens MP, GMHBA and Committee for Geelong to advance gender equity in our region.

If you would like to get involved and support the event please contact our Gender equity officer Julie Spec on 03 5272 5053 or [email protected].

Simone Stevens

I cried when I met Nathan Buckley!

Only recently, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, I got my very first personalised tenpin bowling ball and matching bowling bag. Bowling makes me very relaxed and happy, and I look forward to bowling my next strike once life returns to normal.

I must admit I never thought anyone would employ me, but with the support of my manager, Kevin Stone, I was employed with Valid for 11 years. The fact that others believed in me I was able to believe in myself and go on to help others.

I love surfing and I encourage everyone to do it, even if you have a disability, it doesn't mean you have to stop doing what you love.

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