Colleen Armstrong - Director
Colleen's original career was as a Child Care Centre Coordinator, After having her own children she moved into Education Support in primary and secondary school. She became part of the Work Skills program, supervising clients while out in the community. This is when she saw a huge need for productive programs for young adults with additional needs. She wanted to create a environment that allowed them to develop work skills in areas that supported their individual areas of interests. She also listened to students who expressed anxiety about if they would still be able to meet with friends and have fun once the graduated from school. Thus, Proudly Productive was formed.
Sarah Sanders - Team Leader/Auslan Interpreter
Sarah has a Diploma of Auslan and Interpreting (Auslan) along with several years of experience working with young people with additional needs in a variety of settings in both leadership and hands-on roles. She is a passionate supporter of individual communication methods. In her free time Sarah enjoys walking her dog and making tie-dye.
Christian Geyer - Wood Worker
Coming from a traditional wood working family, Christian’s passion lies in the use of hand tools together with the use of natural wooden materials. Christian grew up in Germany and moved to Australia 15 years ago. After a colourful career in IT, he rediscovered his interest in woodwork in recent years. He is an active member of the Perth Waldorf School community and draws a lot of inspiration for his woodwork from the Steiner curriculum. In his spare time Christian enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children, playing guitar and going on nature walks.
Georgia is a country girl from Wickham and a fourth year Occupational Therapy student. Georgia is a talented seamstress who loves to help team members achieve success. She is a keen participant in dancing and netball, and she loves to go to the beach.
Dylan has experience working with young people with additional needs in a range of environments; including a school, sport coaching, alternate to employment program and in accessing the community. Originally from Albany, he is a keen sportsman and currently plays WAFL for Claremont Football Club.
Shelby is currently styling at Murdoch University to become a Secondary and Primary Sport Teacher. Shelby has a Certificate IV in School Aged Education and Care. She spent one year working as an assistant in Kindy, and pre-primary at Devine Mercy College and 1 year supporting a young man at Aquinas College as his Work Coach for his first post school job. She loves paddle boarding, camping and playing the guitar.
Jason has worked at Proudly Productive from the very first day. He has a Certificate 3 in Working with People with Disability. Jason went to Seton Catholic College and was a great advocate for peers with disabilities, building confidence and offering support. Jason loves sport, he plays Aussie Rules and basketball.
John is currently studying warehousing and logistics at Jandakot Airport. John has a Certificate IV in Business. He loves music, playing the electric guitar and watching movies. John is our office assistant and is happy to help the team during music sessions.
Jibby, as everyone calls her, is currently studying to become a Chiropractor at Murdoch University. Jibby’s hobbies include playing AFL for East Fremantle GC, touch rugby and netball. Jibby is a trained First Aid officer and Support Worker.
Lachlan has experience working as a private support worker and happily comes to work at Proudly Productive with a moment's notice in any and every capacity asked of him. Lachlan currently studies Environmental Science at Murdoch University, volunteers with the East Fremantle Starkicks Football program and loves fishing.