Jenny Craig - Senior Cluster Manager

Jenny Craig quotes a wise woman as once having said “you have only three choices in life, give up, give in or give it all you’ve got!” As a Senior Cluster Manager at Flourish Australia she is giving all she’s got to bring people in rural and remote communities, possibilities and hope for the future.
Jenny Craig - Senior Cluster Manger

Giving all she’s got to rural and remote communities.

Jenny Craig quotes a wise woman as once having said “you have only three choices in life, give up, give in or give it all you’ve got!” As a Senior Cluster Manager at Flourish Australia she is giving all she’s got to bring people in rural and remote communities, possibilities and hope for the future.

Coming from a family of five sisters who were raised to believe they could achieve anything they wanted if they worked hard, Jenny epitomises inclusiveness and acceptance of all people and has a natural ability to instil the confidence needed to succeed in everyone she encounters.  Generous with her time and knowledge, she goes above and beyond the requirements of her employment to give the staff she guides and the people she supports, courage to strive for their personal best.

Jenny knows when and how to be firm; giving people the push they need when they need it and extending genuine care and compassion whenever life or work gets on top of them. It’s a straight forward approach that inspires people to keep going in the moments they most feel like throwing in the towel.

Equality was intrinsic to Jenny’s upbringing.  Her parents treated everyone with the same level of respect; whether they were the Prime Minister or the garbage collector.  Now with one son and four grandchildren of her own, she propagates those all-important values in her own family and work culture at Flourish Australia.

Driven by a desire to make people feel as though they are special, she has devoted more than 25 years to working in the community services industry; initially in Homelessness and Domestic Violence, then in A & OD.  Her experience complemented the move into Mental Health at Flourish Australia 12 years ago, which Jenny considers to be a milestone in her career. In her current role, Jenny has enjoyed the challenge of crossing into so many diverse towns, connecting with Aboriginal populations and learning how to build services in their communities.  She has felt encouraged by the acceptance, trust and strong belief these people have in what Flourish Australia does as she works to establish productive partnerships with stakeholders. 

The strengthening of the relationship forged with Western LHD, as services have branched out into recovery work within the two sub-acute units at Barraminya in Dubbo and Panorama in Bathurst, has been a career highlight for Jenny.  It showcases the importance of clinical and non-clinical services to achieve recovery-focused outcomes for the people Flourish Australia support.

Having grown up in a country town, Jenny has a good grasp of what it’s like to live in communities where there may be limited access to many of the resources found in bigger towns and cities.  Determined that this should not be a barrier for those she serves, Jenny has learned to think outside the box as she continually works toward creating greater opportunities for people, wherever they live, to fulfil their dreams for the future;  by growing more regional services.  In the process, she mentors managers and staff to believe that they can also achieve their goals for their professional and personal lives.

Jenny’s sense of social justice has always been strong.  She marched in the late seventies for civil rights when such demonstrations were against the law and went on to take her stand for gender equality in becoming NSW’s first ever female “Cellarman”; successfully challenging the employer’s insistence that this was a man’s job that was beyond a woman’s ability to manage physically. 

Jenny encourages all women to aspire to stretching gender-based boundaries wherever they encounter them; believing in themselves and staying passionate about what they do. She is a wise woman and she is giving it all she’s got!

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