Bernadette joined the wider collective of Brenda House in 1990.
Having served continuously since then, her family violence committee and governance experience now extends to over 30 years. Brenda House was one of the four refuges that amalgamated during 2012-2014 to form Safe Futures Foundation – now known as Refuge Victoria. The Board of these refuges worked tirelessly over many years to combine their strengths, collective energies and creativity and recognised the opportunities for systemic and programmatic reform through merging.
Bernadette has enjoyed her career as a radiographer and continues in this role part-time. She has served on various school and church committees over the years and is dedicated to
the eradication of violence in all settings and fostering respectful relationships in every interaction.