Hi, I'm Pat. I'm the CEO of Dismantle and have been part of the organisation since 2012.
I have a BA in Behavioural Science. During my degree, I had the privilege of being part of a group that travelled regularly to the East Kimberley to work with traditional owners, both on community led projects and with youth services there. I think this really sparked my passion in this sort of work.
My first job after uni was with the Department for Child Protection in their Crisis Accommodation. I was part of the team that looks after young people in extremely traumatising situations.
It was during this time that I discovered Dismantle and was offered a position with the organisation, where I was able to apply the knowledge and experience gained up to that point in my career.
I'm passionate about helping to empower the most vulnerable people in our communities and find I am most effective working in the youth sector. In a small, dynamic team, it's important that we own our approach and be accountable for the results.
Plus, we get to run bike workshops at the same time.
The team here at Dismantle are exceptional. It's such a privilege to come to work each day, to connect with and work alongside brilliant people who dedicate themselves to a great cause. We have a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds, but we all share the same goal.
The most fun I've had has been meeting the young people in our programs. We've seen hundreds of young people come through BikeRescue and other social programs. Each one has had unique life experiences and is an absolute character in their own way. There's been severe downs and difficulties, but these have only brought out the sort of incredible resilience young people can demonstrate to overcome their challenges.