As CQUni Mackay Nursing’s Associate Lecturer, Sharon Slack has had the privilege of being part of a team who led the 2016 and 2017 CQUni nursing student contingents to Nepal. She also finds inspiration back home – in the graciousness of her students, the generosity of her colleagues and the positive attitude she presents to daily life.
What is your first memory?
Trying to take my cat for a swim in my three-ring blow up pool … which then became my two-ring blow up pool.
What was a recent highlight in your life?
Wow, where do I start? I was recently able to travel to Cambridge in the UK to present a research poster, but really the birth of my second grandchild would have to be it.
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
The fantastic support from work collegues. It really is teamwork at its finest.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Sonam Sangpo, from our in-country partner in Nepal. He is an incredibly gracious and caring man.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Spending time with my family and pottering in the garden (not that I am a great gardener), or sewing (not that I am a great sewer) or decluttering (not sure this is everyone else’s idea of fun!).
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I would ask that people think about others more often. I don’t mean some huge philanthropic event or gesture, just take a minute and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You cannot know what others are going through at any given moment.
What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I was in a car accident in 1989 that trashed the car when we flipped about six times. I was just about to unclip my seatbelt to take off my jacket, didn’t and all three of us walked away from it.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Former Australian cricketer, Merv Hughes and, if I’m allowed to count eye contact at an event, Pope John Paul II. Also, as I spent a few years living in Tamworth, I often saw the odd country music singer as I wandered around the Country Music Festival each year.