Skyline Hatch Welcomes Mel Wilson

My name is Mel Wilson and I would like to thank both Skyline Hatch and everyone in the Skyline team for the warm welcome to the organisation. I have already been exposed to the brilliant work that Skyline and Skyline Hatch do in reducing education inequity.

A little snapshot of who I am, and my background as a graduate from ACU. I taught in the Catholic Primary School sector for just under 10 years. My roles were varied from working as a classroom teacher, grief and loss counsellor and I was instrumental in introducing computers into the classroom as the library and info-technology teacher. I finished teaching to start my family and I have 4 children and 2 Old English Sheep Dogs. I studied interior design, completing several short courses in Melbourne and in the UK. I worked on many projects around Melbourne to create purpose-built student accommodation and became a small space design specialist.

While raising my family I became interested in snow sports and learned to ski and snowboard as an adult. It was this newly found passion that drew me to become a co-founder and committee member of a snowboard race club from beautiful Mt. Hotham for 15 years. What began as a not for profit, social club for children to learn to snowboard together and have fun with likeminded peers- slowly morphed into a not for profit, high-performance pathway program for snowboard racers governed by our sporting body Snow Australia. I resigned from the secretarial and vice president role in 2020 and focused on homeschooling my two youngest children as they navigated COVID and school online. Once the world reopened, I went into the retail sector as a store manager for a division of Mitch Dowd. I enjoyed mentoring the young casuals and realised that working with youth is something that I really enjoyed.

I commenced my role at Skyline Hatch in late March this year with the excellent support of Skyline Hatch, General Manager, Sally Watts, who oversaw my onboarding into this remarkable organisation. I particularly enjoyed being involved in the NGV masterclasses as well as the Annual Reception. I am currently following the journey of Hatch’s tutors and presenters, Theano and Susan as they prepare the upcoming Hatch events. I am keen to introduce more students and schools to our programs and as a team member be one of the links of this wonderful social enterprise.

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