Jess has been one of Emerging Minds’ longest standing Child and Family Partners, generously sharing her lived experience and expertise across a wide range of projects in many different ways. Jess has been actively involved with the Emerging Minds’ Family Forum and is a valued member of Emerging Minds’ Child and Family Partnership Sub-committee of the Board.
Jess’s background in the working world is youth work, which has now spanned across 21 years. Jess has done a bit of everything in that time but is currently working one-on-one with young people and running group programs. She has also recently celebrated eight years in her current role.
Jess is a single foster parent of one, which has its many challenges, but she knows that it is definitely worth it and she feels lucky that she gets to be part of their life and watch them grow.
Jess enjoys a wide variety of hobbies including craft, medieval sword fighting, D&D, colouring, and board and card games.