Meet Caroline Edwards - Flinders' P&F President

Our Flinders P&F play an important role in fostering community connections at our College. This group of passionate volunteers is responsible for Flinders events including Trivia Night, Primary Disco, Mother's Day and Father's Day and the Melbourne Cup Luncheon, with these funds supporting initiatives including our Flinders' Speakers Series. In June, the P&F elected a new President, Caroline Edwards. The following Q&A is an opportunity for our community to get to know Caroline better. Thank you Caroline for stepping into this important role!

What is your role on the Flinders P&F?
Caroline: I have recently been elected into the President role. Prior to this, I have had various roles in the P&F.

How long have you been on the P&F and what do you enjoy about being involved?
I joined the P&F in 2015 when my son commenced Prep. I joined to meet new people and be involved in our community.

What year is your child in? 
My husband Chris and I have our son Hamish who is in Year 5.

What is your career role, and why are you passionate about your job? 
I am a Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC)  for General Surgery at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. From a young age, I had always wanted to be a nurse. I really enjoy helping people in general and am a big advocate for patients on their health journey.

How else are you involved in the Flinders and/or wider Sunshine Coast community? Which projects or events do you support?
I have been a Parent Rep and involved in many events over the past years. The Primary Disco and Trivia Night are two of my favourite events that I organise. The Primary Disco is a lot of fun - I love to see all the children have such a great time. Trivia Night is the first event every year and I love to make it a casual, enjoyable night for all families to enjoy. This is also the first event for many families who are new to Flinders so it is a great opportunity for them to meet new people.

What are your hobbies or interests? 
I love to cook for my family and friends. I enjoy walking the dog with my son. We enjoy playing golf as a family. I also enjoy a good book. I have a strong interest in my community and enjoy being involved in helping where I can.

What is your favourite book that you would recommend others read? Why?
My most recent book that has had a big impact on me was the ‘Resilience Project’ by Hugh Van Cuylenburg. The GEM - Gratitude Empathy and Mindfulness - Project is all about positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. With the current environment that we have found ourselves in, this book is a must for everyone.

What do you enjoy about living on the Sunshine Coast?
My family love living on the Sunshine Coast, we especially enjoy our community in Buderim. The Coast is a place where you can enjoy activities from water sports to relaxing bush walks. I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

What are some of your favourite spots to visit on the Sunshine Coast? Why?
We enjoy our walks around Buderim, but we do love spending time at Picnic Point. We love pelican spotting and having a picnic.

What did you love about your schooling years?
My school years were spent on the Coast. I have fond memories of great friends and lots of bike rides. I had a great love of cooking and music class.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Be kind, you don’t know what people are dealing with in their lives!

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