A career spent helping the community
AFTER more than 40 years of working with some of the community’s most at risk people, Portland’s Lindy Stuchbery is set to hang up her boots and retire.
A former teacher, integration aide and most recently health promotions officer for SEA Change Portland, Ms Stuchbery has worked with children, the elderly and the greater community, helping them achieve the very best in life.
Adaptable and energetic, she first began advocating for under-resourced community members in the 1970s.
“I grew up in the Wimmera-Mallee in a little place called Kalkee,” Ms Stuchbery said.
“My parents were farmers and we moved around a lot; we finally settled in Portland when I was 13.
“I went to the Geelong Teachers’ College from 1973-75 – before it turned into Deakin University.
“It was quite hard to get a teaching job in Portland because very few people left.
“So a few years later, when teachers were required to do the fourth year of education, I focused on special education.”
Concentrating on the local school’s disability and integration education programs, Ms Stuchbery began working at several primary schools.
“I started working as a shared integration teacher at Portland North, Bolwarra and Bundarra Primary Schools.
“We had a small, but great team, which included with assistance from a speech pathologist.
“Back then, the idea was for an integration aide to work one-to-one with an integration student usually isolated from peers, but we didn’t see that as inclusive, so we pushed for more small groups of children working together.”