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We are committed to finding you the right Support Coordinator for your specific needs and goals. 

 

Our Support Coordinators are not contractors or subcontractors. They are not a group of individuals. They are a team in the true sense of the word. They come to OnSide with a depth and breadth of experience from NDIS planning, the disability sector, continuous learning, housing, employment, health and all bring their own personal, lived and professional experience to the disability sector.

Meet our team

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I have worked in the Community Services and Disability sector since 2002 in a variety of roles including direct support and case management of vulnerable young people and adults.

 

I am passionate about working with people with disabilities to empower them to develop confidence and independence, and help create opportunities to enable them to lead fulfilling lives. This is why I believe Support Coordination is so important in providing people with someone they can trust to help them understand their funding and purchase the right supports so they can live the way they choose to and have genuine control of their lives.     

 

When I am not working I love spending time with my family and am partial to a bit of karaoke or a singalong! I have also enjoyed renovating my house over the past two years and can often be found painting inside and out!

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Lauren

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I commenced working in the disability sector when I was 14 years old and come with lived experience having family members who live with disability. I have worked in the sector from direct support and nursing, case management and management in residential, outreach and day services within Government, Not for Profit and in Private Enterprise roles.

 

Most recently I worked as a consultant with the NDIS from the trial phase to rollout across most of metropolitan Melbourne and into Regional Victoria.

 

Working as a Support Coordinator with OnSide will enable me to use my knowledge of the NDIS to empower people to live their best life.

 

I share my life with my beautiful rescue dog Bella. We can be found pounding the pavements very early in the morning and late at night just before retiring for the day.

Wendy

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I have 10 years background working in the Mental Health sector and more recently getting to know people on the autism spectrum by getting to know their unique strengths and interests. My work also, at times, included engaging with people who were aged, frail and those with disabilities. Following on from this, I became a Local Area Coordinator where I gained an extensive knowledge and understanding of the NDIS.

 

I am passionate about supporting NDIS participants on their journey of achieving their goals and having positive outcomes. I am committed to assisting family, carers and individuals to gain maximum supports from their NDIS package.

 

I am a caring and compassionate person who enjoys spending time with my family. I spend a lot of my free time reading and I enjoy traveling to new places.

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Elly

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I have an extensive background in customer service and Support Coordination supporting people with a range of disabilities including psychosocial, ASD, intellectual and cerebral palsy. 

 

I am very passionate about my role as a Support Coordinator and I thrive in empowering people and supporting them to reach their goals and live an independent life.

 

I love watching my tigers play footy, op shopping is my self-care and I love spending time with my daughter and going on new adventures with her.

Leigh

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Over the past 3 years, I have worked as a Registered Nurse in a critical care unit, facilitating holistic care to an array of patients, all of varying ages, as well as disabilities. Prior to my registration, I worked as a personal care assistant/support worker within the aged care and disability sector.

 

Having had frontline and first-hand experience with our customers, I have witnessed great outcomes achieved when people are given choice, control and independence when it comes to their own livelihood, health and wellbeing. As a Support Coordinator with OnSide, I can continue to support people to thrive in life, empower them with independence, and assist them to reach their goals and full potential, as well as their families and support systems.

 

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, taking my two dogs for long walks, and spending hours on Pinterest getting inspired to renovate parts of my home.

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Faisa

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Courtney

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I am a qualified counsellor, branching out to make a difference in the community and disability sector. I have lived experience of mental health and disability and I am looking to make a difference in a way that really matters.

 

Personally, I am passionate above all about empathy and kindness and being a part of the OnSide team; I know I can implement my values professionally and work with participants in a way that I can make a true difference in the disability sector.

 

I am a cat lover; an artist and creator (in many ways!) and I love to sing, learn and be around good people in my spare time.

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Ines

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I come from a background of Support Work, where I have supported clients with a wide range of disabilities. I specialised in working with clients who lived with MS together with acquired brain injuries.

 

I came to OnSide because I believe every person no matter their background should have the right to choose what life they would like to live and be able to choose the supports they wish to support them in doing so. I like being able to see where someone has started and their whole journey and witness the outcomes.

 

I had an autistic client when I first started in the sector who enjoyed reading and we came across a book called “The Elmer Treasury” which highlights that everyone is different in their own way and that it is nothing to be scared or ashamed of.

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Sheree

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I started my journey 8 years ago supporting young children integrate into mainstream early childhood services. I went onto further study in community services, opening up opportunities to work in a number of positions ranging from dual diagnosis – Addiction and Mental Health, Support Work, Case Management, Program Facilitating and NDIS Coordinattion.

 

As a Support Coordinator I will contribute best practices, a person-centered approach, choice, and control for NDIS participants, families, and carers. Supporting them to build up independence and to live their best life.

 

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family or should I say… running around after my not so little babies. I like to stay fit and healthy, whether that occurs indoors or outdoors. I also love food, so eating out is always on top of my to do list. Throw in some shopping and of course the odd massage and I’m one happy camper.

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Jhoann

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I hold a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree, and I’ve worked in Australia in the disability sector for over 3 years, mostly in the Mental Health sector.

 

Being a Support Coordinator means having the responsibility to assist participants in achieving their goals, always respecting their choice and control, and helping them maximize their independence.

 

I love fishing, long road trips, camping, nature, coffee. One of my favourite quotes would have to be: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” – Anais Nin.

Jess

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Having worked in the Community Services sector within Disability, Women’s and Children’s Homelessness Services and Community Development Initiatives I have gained an understanding of the importance of individuality and the necessity of there not being a ‘one-size’ fits all approach. I am lucky to say that I love my career choice and I am delighted to be able to work within a framework that encourages diversity and compassion.

 

My role as a Support Coordinator is based on the foundation of supporting the people I work with to achieve their goals in a meaningful way that empowers them to see their own potential. Experience from working with vulnerable communities and individuals means that I am able to holistically unpin what isn’t working and develop strategies to implement positive change.

 

In my spare time, I like to practice yoga and pilates, roller skate and spend time in nature.

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Ali

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I hold a degree in psychology and years of work experience within the disability sector.

 

I am passionate about making a positive change to people’s lives. I express this by utilising my psychology background to build a genuine connection with customers and assisting them with choosing the best options for their own lives.

 

In my time off I do enjoy traveling, going on road-trips and visiting natural wonders with breathtaking scenery. In my spare time I also love socialising and trying out new cuisines with family and friends.  

Ruth

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I have worked as a Case Manager for 20 years in three different non-for-profit organisations in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. I also have two children on the NDIS that I self-manage and have been the Nominee for five years. So, I come from a participant background and understand the complexities of navigating the NDIS and NDIA journey.

 

I aim to build confidence and independence and walk alongside my customers who want to achieve as much as they can in life. I will go that extra mile to ensure the proper supports are in place to achieve their goals.

 

I enjoy spending my days off with my family at the park or on a road trip to see new things. We spend most of the time at the beach enjoying the beautiful place we live.

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Tara

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I found my passion for the disability sector in 2012 when I stepped into the role of Support Worker. Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to broaden my experience within disability, mental health and aged care across various roles ranging from support work to management of support services.

 

As a Support Coordinator, I’m privileged to support participants with choice and control to gain independence, confidence and achieve high outcomes through building capacity and utilising their NDIS Plan entirely.

 

Outside of work I fill my cup by visiting the beach with a good book or finding a new hike to explore. I also invest my time in volunteering for an organisation that supports the homeless a couple of times a week.

Jessica

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All of my professional life has been engaged within the Allied Health and Disability sector for the last 4 years. Initially trained in Speech Therapy, more recently I’ve been building on my NDIS knowledge and skills as a Support Coordinator. Nothing makes me happier than supporting and empowering my customers in all aspects of their life.

 

Together with the team at OnSide I have the opportunity to continue to deliver quality and effective support to NDIS Participants and their families. Ensuring that everyone I work with receives an individualised level of support to enable the best outcomes, for them.

 

I am a strong believer in the power of positivity and a quote that I live by is: “Open your heart and soul to the world, listen to the stories of people who have struggled and know that you have the power to make their life better.”

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Leigh

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My professional experience before joining the OnSide team was as a Naturopath and Doula; both gave me valuable insight into appreciating people as individuals and that everyone has their own unique story.  I am passionate about sharing meaningful connections with people I meet and love immersing myself within my local community.

 

I believe passionately about an inclusive society for all, and continue to be empowered as I support many people with their access to so many great services and activities, as they expand their life choices, new networks and friendships in their communities.

 

In my spare time, I love experimenting with a new recipe in the kitchen or getting my hands dirty in the garden, and when I’m not doing this, you will find me at the yoga studio or learning AUSLAN.

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Ahmed

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Coming from a security guard background, I have dealt with many people with disability. In this role I would support them into venues and in their seating arrangement before anyone else.

 

To be able to support people who live with a disability no matter how small my contribution may be gives me great satisfaction. Completing all the tasks they need will leave me feeling fulfilled. 

 

I like to stay active; I regularly go to the gym. In my spare time I go to new restaurants with my friends or family to have a new experience. Also, I like playing games such as Fifa. 

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Bianca

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After completing a Bachelor in Psychology and Masters in Counselling, I gained valuable life experience working as a disability support worker, behaviour support practitioner, and counsellor, throughout different times in my life.

 

Being a part of the OnSide team as a Support Coordinator means that I am able to use my knowledge and experience to support customers in achieving their goals whilst promoting their independence and skills.

 

I love spending time with family and friends, and going on road trips during the summer.

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Nili

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I come from a background of customer service, aged care and recently a Support Worker role within the NDIS.

 

I am passionate about raising awareness for mental health and contributing to inclusion and empowerment in people living with disability.

 

I am a huge reader and almost everything I apply in life I have learned from my books. One of my favourite quotes is “to fully accept your life – the highs, lows, good, back – is to be grateful for all of it, and to know that the ‘good’ teaches you well, but the ‘bad’ teaches you better.”

Natasha

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Throughout my time working across many parts of the human services sector, I’ve always had a focus on establishing solid relationships with individuals and their care teams.  Including providers, stakeholders and local agencies.

 

I am driven to support others overcome personal obstacles and work alongside individuals for best outcomes.  I have been in the disability field for 18 years with the last 6 years in Residential accommodation Management, with a focus on Autism and positive support practices. Working at OnSide allows me to actively engage with customers helping them achieve best outcomes for their life.

 

I adore animals, especially dogs. I have two rescue Koolies; one is blind and the other is deaf. They give me joy and laughter daily.

Kirsten

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For the past ten years I have had the privilege of working as a disability Support Worker. Before that I worked as an in-home carer working with children who have autism. 

 

I am so excited to be a part of the OnSide team. Being a Support Coordinator gives me the opportunity to continue to support others to strive towards reaching their goals.

 

My life Motto is… It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop!

 

Rufaro

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I am a Qualified Mental Health Worker and l have worked within the NDIS sector in varying capacities over the years. I have both lived and professional experience within the disability sector.

 

I believe as a Support Coordinator l can use my skill set to empower people to build capacity through integrity and compassion. Being part of the OnSide team means l am part of a team that supports me to give customers the very best of my capabilities.

 

I enjoy working out, reading, and not forgetting food.

Shaunee

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I have worked within the disability and mental health sectors for the past eight years and am passionate about assisting people to make positive changes in their lives.

 

Prior to my role as a Support Coordinator, I was working as a Local Area Coordinator during the rollout of the NDIS and was at the forefront of many exciting changes such a huge reform brings. I am dedicated to providing a person centred approach for NDIS participants and work to achieve the best possible outcomes for them and those who support them.

 

In my spare time I enjoy connecting with my family and friends, doing some creative writing and exploring new restaurants.

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Brooke

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I have worked in the disability sector as a Support Worker for over 2 years. I used to be a qualified chef and would teach cooking classes for an NDIS provider. 

 

As a member of the OnSide team, I strive to empower NDIS participants to achieve their goals and make positive changes in all aspects of their lives. I am very passionate in providing a warm, welcoming, educational environment to help my participants flourish and live an independent life.

 

In my spare time I like to go to the gym and go on lots of outdoor hikes to explore. I also like to tend to my indoor/outdoor plants. I would love to do some more travelling when the time is right.

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I have experience working not only as a Support Coordinator but also as a Support Worker for both NDIS and Aged Care Customers. As a support worker I worked with an array of different customers focusing around Dementia. Working as both a Support Worker and Support Coordinator, it has provided me with a better ability to adapted to any situation.

 

I am a strong believer in individualised support, no two people are the same. Everyone has their different methods of learning. Therefore, the support and assistance people receive should never be a one size fits all approach. I believe a good Support Coordinator should be able to recognise these differences and support their customers to thrive and lead an independent life.

 

In my spare time, I love sport, traveling and games. I love going down to the Great Ocean Road and surfing with family and friends. Travelling to places I’ve never been before is something I would love to begin doing again.

Foram

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I have a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. My studies allowed me to gain experience in diverse fields and reflect on where my true passions lie. This is what led me to follow my interests and become a Support Coordinator at OnSide.  

 

As a member of the OnSide team, I know we can make a huge difference by walking along side our customers through the choices available and supporting them through the decisions they make. At OnSide, we all share a common goal to provide support for customers in order to achieve outcomes. OnSide has given me a platform to pursue my passions and use my skills to support people right across the disability sector. 

 

I am a very friendly person with a huge interest in adventure sports and exploring new places. Outside of work, I love to visit new cafes and restaurants as well as attend concerts, footy and theme parks.

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Bek

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Kollen

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A highlight career was starting a school in remote Western Australia for youth from the neighboring Indigenous communities. We learnt ‘on country’ with a key focus on engaging individuals to reach their specific goals. Seeing the success of empowerment through individualised goals setting lead me to be involved with the NDIS and supporting people with their plans to enable their desired outcomes.

 

I am focused on providing independent Support Coordination, bringing value from strong connections with local service providers whilst honoring individual’s choice and control. Together with the OnSide team I strive to build efficiency into everything we do.

 

My favorite way to start a day is with a run, come rain, hail or shine and love nothing more than to finish the day sharing dinner and our highlights from the day with my young family. Two simple and profound words I recall strongly from childhood are those from my grandfather, saying we are all ‘differently abled’.

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Sue

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I have worked in the Aged, Disability and Community sector for the past 40 years. This includes aspects across all areas of the disability sector from direct care to managing supports. I started my NDIS journey as a Local Area Coordinator, where I gained NDIS knowledge from pre planning through to implementing and building NDIS plans.

 

As a Support Coordinator I am committed to supporting NDIS participants, families and carers through their NDIS journey, giving them choice and control to achieve their goals.

 

I enjoy going to the beach, as well as getting away camping each year on the NSW North Coast. I like to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy getting together for barbecues.

Fleur

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Most of my working life has been in the sports industry. I have had some amazing experiences such as working at the Sydney Olympics and have met some inspiring people. A few years ago I decided I needed a career change and switched gears to become a Local Area Coordinator in working along Planners at the NDIS. More recently, I joined the OnSide team as a Support Coordinator where I hope to make a valuable contribution to the community. In my role I am able to support and assist our customers to become more independent and confident in their own abilities.

 

I love that each day is different and that I am constantly being challenged to learn something new. I am really motivated by seeing my customers live their best life and achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.

 

My biggest claim to fame is that I once won a new car from Take 5 magazine! When I am not at work, you will find me out in the garden or renovating my house. I also like to laze by the pool, enjoy a BBQ with my friends and family, and host dinner parties.

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Jasmine

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I began my journey in the disability sector as a Support Worker which then grew into client service coordination. My career has enabled me to practice my passion of assisting individuals in accessing appropriate supports and living a fulfilling life.

 

Empathy, kindness and clear communication is vital when working in Support Coordination. Being able to work with those core values at the forefront of my mind allows me to do the best I can to support individuals on their personal journey.

 

I’m a huge dog lover and coffee enthusiast! I enjoy being outdoors, keeping active and living a ‘somewhat’ healthy life (who can say no to chocolate!)

Michele

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I first commenced working in the disability sector back in 1980! Over that time I have worked in various roles including direct care, case management and, more recently, education and training, developing and managing accredited and pre-accredited programs for students with additional learning and access needs.

 

I’m very excited to be a part of the OnSide team, working with customers and their families to achieve individual goals and desired outcomes.

 

In my spare time, I love spending time with friends and family. I assist my daughter in our hair salon and teach classical ballet to students from pre-intermediate to senior levels.

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Jesse

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Kristin

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I have practised as NDIS Support Coordinator for 3 years and I have gained valuable knowledge/sector expertise in multiple areas, thanks to some amazing participants I have had the privilege of supporting during this time.  I have vast experience in the Community Sector; ranging from Case Management with Young People experiencing homelessness, through to Program Management and working alongside diverse teams to achieve positive outcomes. 

 

I am focused & driven to promote capacity building across the sector with shared values of lived experience, stakeholder collaboration, respect, self-advocacy, co-creation & design; founded in person- centred, strengths-based practice.  I am dedicated to assisting with the development of an effective support network for participants, so they can achieve personal goals for ongoing improvement across Quality-of-Life domains, this includes supporting members of my team to grow and develop in the NDIS space.

 

As the proud parent of a NDIS participant and being a part of the NDIS journey from the early inception campaign “Every Australian Counts”, I can honestly say I believe in genuine, community inclusion & access to support, working alongside my community to promote best practice standards & long-lasting social impact. In my spare time I love spending good quality time with my family and friends.

 

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Nathan M

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Georgina

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Georgina has been recruiting professionals in the disability and community services sector since 2006.  Georgina has qualifications in social science and completed additional studies in human resource management.

 

Georgina is passionate about utilising her role to further build OnSide as an employer of choice for Support Coordinators and to source new Support Coordinators to join the team who are capable and driven to support customers to thrive. She is excited to provide opportunities for more great workers to enter the sector through linking in new professionals to the Onside Academy.

 

Georgina loves to read and enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.   A quote that recently inspired me is “You’ll have two lives. The second begins when you realise you only have one” (anonymous).

 

Chrissy

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Debra

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Elizabeth J

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Helen

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Jacki

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I come from a long background in both Children’s and Community Services. Before joining OnSide I was working as a Mental Health Support Worker within my local community, which gave me a very hands-on experience within the NDIS.

 

I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be a part of the team at OnSide as a Support Coordinator. I am very passionate about helping make a positive impact on people’s lives and support individuals in achieving their goals.

 

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and our dogs, out camping or on the boat exploring and fishing, with a good book in hand.

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Hannah

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John

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Kaz

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Trich

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Trish

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Zoe

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