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Making the most of change

Angela with her bunny

Despite the many hardships that have risen as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Angie Sipka who lives with autism is an individual who has positively embraced the changes as best she can this year.

The 25-year-old, who moved to Knox in February with her partner, is an exemplar of someone who, despite her condition, finds positivity in her everyday life.

Over the last decade, Angie has gifted a lot of her time to volunteering for various not for profit organisations including Interchange Outer East, an organisation that provides disability support programs and services. As a support worker there, she helps facilitate programs for youth day activities and camps.

“I’m disabled (and that isn’t a bad word!) but that doesn’t mean I’m any different. I own a business, bought a house when I was 21, and I love music festivals,” she said.

Throughout this year, Angie has maintained a healthy balance of work, home time, exercise, online educational classes, face time with friends and family.

“My family and friends and I adapted social catch ups over Zoom, and took turns in hosting online Trivia and board game nights.

“When restrictions began to ease, I went to cafes, and made sure to shop local to support the recovery of businesses,” Angie said.

Now that border restrictions to most of the state have lifted, Angie looks most forward to doing some travel around Australia and seeing her dad who lives interstate.

“I’m so excited to travel more of Australia as it sounds like it might be the only place we can go for a while so I might as well make the most of it!

“Definitely excited to see my dad who lives in Queensland. I usually see him a few times a year, but only saw him once this year.”

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