Paul our Director, was born in Sydney and moved to the Far North in 1983. He worked in landscaping, community radio and as a professional actor. In 1988 Paul had a swimming injury causing quadriplegia. He was the founding President of the first advocacy incorporation for people with disabilities in Cairns and has sat on the Board of many community organisations, worked in Government and the private sector. Paul has lectured in universities and hospitals on community organisations and care. After buying a property that he developed into a self-sufficient sanctuary with three thousand organic fruit trees it was visited by tens of thousands people and used as a haven for a local women’s shelter. After a number of years of rehabilitation the property was found by the JCU to now be home to four of Queensland’s missing frogs.
Paul has successfully trained Assistance Dogs to the Licenced level and is now working on building a non-profit company to make them available in Cairns. Paul is the Sole Director of WITHINNES PTY LTD, the company that runs Independence World.
Katie grew up in Cairns and has worked with Paul since she was 17. Saying that she always wanted to be a nurse and if she got a job with Paul, she would study to become one. Paul wrote a letter to the TAFE and Katie received a $6,500 Grant to study to become an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse. She Graduated and helped Paul to start his company. Katie went on to study at the JCU and is now a Registered Nurse and is now studying her Masters. She has worked with Paul since 2006.
Jed was born in Croatia but grew up in Canberra from the age of 2. He has lectured in Horticulture and owned a nursery for many years. He still sells plants from his home in Holloways Beach and enjoys bonsai. Jed has been Pauls friend since 1996 and is a tireless volunteer in the community. He has worked with Independence World as a casual Home Care Employee with Paul since 2006.
April is our Manager and Paul’s niece. She is born and bred in North Queensland and has lived in Gordonvale since she was 7. April has a background in customer service as well as a certificate 111 in Retail and is also a Qualified Bookkeeper. She is adept in MYOB, Microsoft, accounts, mobility equipment sales and customer service. She is sweet, a great cook and giggles a lot. April has worked with the company since April 2013.
Jo is our Head Carer and has experience in caring for people, while also having a diverse experience in other fields of work. Jo has two beautiful boys and is a multi-tasker. Having worked with our company since August 2013, she can also fix anything. Jo is Paul’s all-rounder. She has said she wants to work for the company and Care for Paul for the rest of her life. Jo also Cares for one of our other Clients.
Maree has worked in the Health sector since 1993 in both Tasmania and Queensland and now also Cares for a Client of ours in Cairns. She has travelled all over the globe including Germany and Thailand. Maree has been with us since July 2015.
Eden has recently moved back to her home town of Cairns after working as an Au Pair, caring for a boy with Autism. Eden was previously a Manager at Hungry Jacks and enjoys the beach, road trips and quality time with family and friends. She has worked with our company since May 2016.
Gina has experience in customer service, working on a farm and in food and beverage. She is good with administration and even holds a forklift license. Gina currently Cares for Paul and one of our other Clients. Gina came to us wanting a Career change and found that Caring for people is something she loves and is great at. Gina joined us in October 2016.
Luke is one of Paul’s live-in Carers. He was born and raised in Innisfail and later moved to Mount Isa for work. He has worked as a trade assistant in an electrical company and as a sign writer. Luke has since moved back to cairns to pursue newer opportunities in our beautiful part of the world and decided to become a Carer, which he thoroughly enjoys. He has a knack for and enjoys building and fixing computers and loves gaming. Luke is a laid-back Carer who has a love for animals especially dogs. Luke has been with us since January 2018.
Jeannae is a Mareeba local via Papua New Guinea. She is a soccer fanatic and even plays for her local team. When Jeannae isn’t playing soccer or any other sport she can get into, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. Jeannae has previously worked in hospitality and desired a Career change. She loves Caring for people and hasn’t looked back. Jeannae has worked with Independence World since May 2018.
Hancel has been in Cairns for 2 years now, previously living in Weipa. As an energetic 21 year old coming from a small town, she absolutely loves the beaches, creeks, food and scenery Cairns has to offer. Hancel says that since joining independence world, she has gained a new perspective on her personal growth, work and the world we live in today. Hancel believes that Caring isn’t just a job it’s something she is very passionate about and truly loves doing. She is willing to try anything and doesn’t mind hard work and she is probably the only Hancel you will ever meet. Hancel has worked with Independence World since June 2018.
Cassidy is an outgoing local 19 year old, who was born and raised in Gordonvale and Cairns. She has 3 years’ experience as a body piercer and an extensive background in Performing Arts. Cassidy began studying a Certificate 3 in individual support with disability at TAFE and absolutely loved it. This began her new career Caring for Paul soon after. She likes the outdoors, animals and music and of course helping people. Cassidy is always happy with a big smile and nothing is a problem, she will get in and give it a go. Cassidy has been with Independence World since September 2018.