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
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
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
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.
other passions involve her cat, Buster and tenpin bowling.
moment was when she finally got her first job.
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].
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
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.