Who is your hero and why?
My Dad. Having the strength and vision to move to Australia with his wife and 4 young boys in 1966.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
City Beach (Perth). The perfect lifestyle and climate.
What is your favourite family vacation?
Peaceful Bay (South Coast of WA). A quiet relaxed holiday village.
What would you change about yourself if you could?
Be less accepting of under performance. The standard you walk past is the standard you set.
What is your favourite thing about your career?
My favourite thing about my career is the satisfaction that I feel the team is making to communities across Australia. Providing quality healthcare to areas that need it most.
What is your favourite book to read?
My favourite book to read is ‘The Damage Done’ by Warren Fellows. A book about a convicted drug trafficker in a Thailand prison. I found this confronting but fascinating at the same time.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is my little boy, Jett. He’s amazing and the best thing I’ve ever done.
Who is your favourite author?
Patricia Cornwell & James Patterson. I love crime novels.
What is your child’s proudest accomplishment?
Recently he turned 5. He was very proud.
Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
I HATE surprises. I like to be in control of a situation.
In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a relative, watch a movie, or read?
Once the kids are in bed, I love to either watch a movie with my husband or curl up with a good book.
Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
Hawaii! Cocktails, beach, friendly people, what’s not to like.
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Its half full. Life’s too short to dwell on the negatives all the time.
What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?
I went to see The Greatest Showman and WOW it was fantastic (well that goes without saying when Hugh Jackman’s in the movie 😊)! The story is amazing and very uplifting and makes you realise that you can do anything you put your mind to, no matter what your shape, size or looks.
What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?
I’m a sports lover and would watch any sport all night and day if I could, but I do especially love the NRL state or origin. Being from NSW and now living in QLD it’s awesome how competitive the Queenslanders get and can’t deal with me wearing my blues jersey in the office.
Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
Ride a horse. I will pick anything to do with animals every time.
What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
Something upbeat that I can sing to really loud, so I tend to swap between stations to find the best song.
Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?
All of the above haha. I love a clean house but sadly renovating means my house is rarely spotless. With that said, I love nothing more than learning to work with new power tools!
What is the biggest accomplishment in your life?
Buying my own home completely solo at 28 years old, and now completing renovation projects, with minimal injuries from the power tools!
Who is the most intelligent person you know?
The most intelligent person I know is my brother, who is an industrial chemist with a post grad in forensic chemistry. You cannot think allowed “I wonder why…” without him being able to scientifically answer it for you!
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
While he’s not in the world anymore, if I could have dinner with anyone of my choice, it would be one last dinner shared with my Dad who passed away in 2007.
What’s your favourite 80’s movie, why?
My favourite 80’s movie is The Breakfast Club and the reason why is one word……. John Hughes (Director). It was real, it made us laugh but also made us cry. It brought us one of the best songs of all time……. fist pump!
Best thing you’ve ever done?
Would be having my son, he’s my greatest achievement in life. I’ll always be there for him in any way that I can, no matter what.
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
A box that I have all my son’s baby items. It includes artwork, first haircut, clothes, mementos, photos and time capsule containing notes from friends and family for my son to open on his 18th birthday.
What is one thing you will never do again?
One thing in life I have learned is never say never. The world changes constantly and you need to go with the flow.
Who knows you best, why?
My husband Peter is my best friend and has been for a long long time .
Do you have any Pets?
We have 2 Fur-children, Princess Sally & Big Boy Boston
What was your first job?
I was a Quality Analyst in a IT Multi-National Corporation.
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Roger Federer. I’m an absolute fan!
How many languages do you speak?
At the moment I speak 6 languages, but hopefully will learn more!
What is the worst gift you have received?
When I 13 I spent the weekend at my Grandparents and as a surprise my Mum decorated my room in Pink and Lilac. When I got home my Mum was really excited to present me with my newly decorated room. However I had grown out of Pink and Lilac the year before and now hated those colours! I didn’t have the heart to tell her and my room stayed those colours for the next 5 years!
Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
I could not go a day without my morning coffee! It’s the only way to start the day!
What are two of your pet peeves?
When people spell my name incorrectly, when they know how to spell my name the correct way. My Nana insist that my name is spelt incorrectly and has always addressed my birthday cards as ‘Holly K’.
Manners! My family are big on manners, so always say please and always say thank you. As a kid my Mum would pretend she could not hear me if I asked for something without saying please or thank you.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years’ time I would hope that I have progressed considerably in my career and am happy and successful in that position. I would also like to own my home and perhaps have 1 or 2 children.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I had a little shoe problem in the UK, so I do have around 120 pairs of shoes/sandals/pumps. Although, I am sure my little sister has helped herself since I have been gone! I have around 20-25 shoes/sandals/pumps here in Australia, it’s a working progress 🙂
Describe your first car
!n 18 year old, rattle trap of a Ford Laser with no air conditioning and a dodgy radiator which required refilling every 30 minutes or so. I’m not quite sure how it was roadworthy but it was a perfect broke uni student’s car and I loved it!
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Shark fin and chicken feet – and the final experience of eating either!
What languages can you speak?
A little French, German and courtesy of my Zimbabwean upbringing, passable Shona and Ndebele (Zimbabwean tribal languages) and a very small amount of Afrikaans.
Do you love or hate roller coasters?
I absolutely love roller coasters , my favourite is the superman ride at Movie World.
What’s your favourite family tradition?
My favourite family tradition is a roast lunch on Christmas no matter how hot the weather is outside.
Do you have any pets?
I have a fur-baby named George who has his very own bedroom.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
The most daring thing I’ve ever done is living life on a daily basis. Courage and the right attitude to step out each day with a positive mindset. Each day is a challenge and brings with it endless possibilities. Life is a gift, live it and be daring.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Last book that I read?
Walking Home by Sonia Choquette – About a woman’s pilgrimage walk along the Camino trail an 820km centuries old trail across Spain . It was a journey of healing and release, this walk is definitely on my “bucket list”
What’s your spirit animal and why?
Penguin. Their fat and they waddle just like me haha.
What is the best gift you have been given?
A trip to Singapore for my 18th Birthday.
Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
I wouldn’t change anything I have the best of both worlds 🙂
What’s your favourite place in Australia, why?
I have to say, it is Cairns. I was born here, I have travelled to every state and territory in Australia and I can safely say, I am from the best city in Australia. I am so proud of my home town and couldn’t think of a better place to raise my family.
What’s your favourite country to visit, why?
Greece, I am not being biased as obviously you can see by my long last name, I am married to a Greek! I have been there 3 times and absolutely love it. The people, the culture, the food, the islands, the mountains in the north. It is the most amazing country to visit.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My daughter, Eleni. She is the best thing that ever happened to myself, my husband and my family! She is the light of all of our lives.
What’s your favourite type of foreign food?
My favourite foreign food would have to be Italian, I love a big bowl of homemade pasta.
Are you a clean or messy person?
I would have to sadly say that I am definitely more of a messy person! Although I do like to think of that my room is more of an organised mess!
Would you rather vacation in Tasmania or Queensland? Why?
I would rather vacation in Queensland! I have a lot of family there and nothing to me beats a trip to the Gold Coast!
What is your biggest fear?
Cockroaches, it’s ridiculous, I know. Nothing frightens me more than a cockroach running or flying or running in my direction and I swear they can smell the fear on me.
Biggest accomplishment in your life?
My family life, marrying my husband Rory, buying our dream home and raising our beautiful daughter Harley.
What is your favourite family holiday tradition?
My famous potato bake, cocktails made by dad, seafood and roast lunch prepared by the whole family and swimming on Christmas day.
What is your biggest fear?
Green Tree Frogs.
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Meryl Streep. That’s an obvious one. She can do anything!
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Tyler Henry from Hollywood Medium. Get the best of both worlds and I have so many questions for him!
What is the coolest random fact that you know?
I don’t know if it’s classed as a cool fact but it most definitely is the most random fact I know. 5% of the world’s population has an incapacity to enjoy listening to music. It’s called musical anhedonia.
What is your go to karaoke song?
My go to karaoke song would unquestionably be ‘Bust A Move’ by Young MC. I mean, who doesn’t love a rap battle?!
What is the top place on your bucket list to visit and why?
My bucket list is a revolving door most of the time, ticking things off and adding a new adventure to the list. At the moment my top place to visit is Barcelona because I would love to stand in awe of Gaudi architecture.
What is your favourite outdoor activity?
My favourite outdoor activity is fishing. I enjoy fishing in all seasons, and all bodies of water. I currently hold the record for the largest walleye (10.3 pounds) caught in my home town Rockland Ont.
What do you think of camping?
I love camping, I spend a week camping my way across the United States and spend 6 months living in a tent in Margaret River.
What is your favourite dad joke?
At the moment my favourite Dad joke is;
Dad: “I’ve got a great joke about pizza.”
Me: “What is it?”
Dad:” I can’t tell you it’s too cheesy.”
Every Sunday my Dad sends me a new Dad Joke, being away from home this makes me feel closer to my family then I am .