The powerhouse and the firecracker. Give the woman a camera and she owns it, living up to her favorite quote - "if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well".
Tanya is another of our long term LB customers who we adore and came along to our photoshoot with Gabrielle -what a great personality!
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up mostly in Blackwater, a predominantly coal mining town, in Central Queensland, between Rockhampton and Emerald. My mum still lives in the area. I left Blackwater to live in Belgium before returning to go to university in Townsville and then finally settling in Brisbane.
What was your dream job growing up and is this what you're doing now?
I was always going to be a primary school teacher or a doctor, but changed my mind just before I started university, as I wanted to continue with languages and linguistics. Whilst I was at uni I picked up sociology out of interest and became hooked. Part of my studies included statistics and a lecturer suggested I do a stint at the ABS, because it is great place to develop statistical skills and hone your craft.
So, I did. So I have been working in data and statistics since before it became cool. So right now, I support the ABS in developing close strategic partnerships with the State/Territory governments, and to develop common ownership of both specific jurisdictional challenges and national strategic statistical initiatives. So I am not anything that I thought I would be growing up, but I use some of those skills - like building capability in others, problem solving, effective decision-making, working under pressure and communication, compassion and empathy.
What is one of your most defining moments in life?
Now that's a tough one. It is hard to pick just one, from marriage, motherhood, loosing my father suddenly, starting at the ABS, etc. My family always believe in and support me and what I have wanted to do. But probably being a Rotary Exchange Student is probably one of the most defining moments.
This was to be my first global adventure - heading off to Europe, away from my family at 17, having really only ever spent school trips away from my family, and bestowed with the honour and responsibility of representing my town, Rotary and indeed my country. This was the time when I learnt what true empathy and resilience really meant. It was the time where I learnt how important, powerful and yet fragile communication can be and is.
This was the time where I really learnt that being your own confident version of amazing is important, not only for yourself, but for those that gravitate towards you.
What are three of your favourite things to do?
I love spending time with family and friends, and especially enjoy doing active things together (surfing, walking, swimming, running). Travelling and adventures with my family are right up there - I love planning and taking holidays - it is gives us all something to look forward to, and the memories we make together are relived over and over.
Chatting with my girlfriends is right up there, those times I look forward to - laughing, crying and solving the world's problems together is food for the soul.
Your favourite aspect of being in the Leina Broughton Conversations Group?
The Group really is a hive of support and inspiration. It is so lovely to see the connections amongst members and how people lift each other up. My favourite aspect though is how there is a lot of empowering and enabling of each other to be confident - and dare I say, some more buying too.
As an adult it can be difficult to make real connections and friendships with others, but this group helps to facilitate that. I know I have been fortunate and blessed to make some amazing friendships as a result of this group. Leina, Fleur and the team have created a beautiful hive that really does buzz through a shared love of a good garment.
Your “go to” LB piece?
Can I say I love them all, but Brynne and Cora (especially Vanilla Cora) are go to pieces for me. Brynne takes me from office, to shopping, through the weekend to plane travel and everything in between. Cora is my quintessential work jacket, I have multiples, including multiple vanillas, because there is barely a work day where I don't wear her. Artist tops are also my favourites - I love the neckline and the simple glamour.
What is your favourite quote?
I love quotes and different ones resonate with me all of the time. However, there are two that I always live by, "if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well" and "Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Now this is tough. I love waking up to "Here comes the sun" by The Beatles, and I sing this as I watch the sun rise every day when I am on holidays. But if it was about walking into a room, and not about waking up with the sun, then my choice would either be "This is me" from The Greatest Showmanor Alessia Cara's " Scars to your beautiful" which my daughter recently introduced me to and plays a lot. For something more subdued "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons because it is all about everything coming to life again. You can probably sense there is a theme in all of those choices.