Her position at CQUni as the Associate Director of International Services is far different from her life as a park ranger, but no less challenging and rewarding. Priscilla Stevens-Guiney revels in the variety of work that her role dishes up and enjoys connecting with the range of areas that comes under her portfolio. Priscilla is an animal welfare advocate and has two gorgeous pooches of her own. She believes life is about choices and owning your decisions.
What is your favourite film or book of all time?
Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen, which inspired me to backpack the East Coast of Africa at 21 years of age.
What do you enjoy most about your role at CQUni?
Diversity – I never really know what the day will bring or what my supervisor has volunteered me to do, and the flexible working arrangements.
How has your work life evolved over the years?
What I do now is nothing like what I used to do. I have swapped my work boots and hard yakka wear for business attire. My office was a Toyota Landcruiser ute in natural bushland, and my staff were disbursed around the management area, and we would come together to manage wilderness, conservation and national park lands. Essentially, every day we were doing what many adventurous, nature enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists dream of doing. You see, I used to be a Park Ranger and Ranger – in Charge. I later moved into a “traditional” office where I led a team in protected area planning and State legislation. It is only recently that I embarked on my journey in Higher Education at CQUni.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Like most people, my parents. They viewed the world through different lenses which always made interesting family discussions due to their diverse views and perspectives on just about most things, but were united in enjoying life and all it has to offer.
Jamie Oliver is coming for dinner – what do you make for him?
I don’t cook – cheese on toast and canned soup. Sorry Jamie Oliver, it’s the best I can do!
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I am either travelling, nose stuck in a book or spending as much time with Matthew and the dogs.
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
Animal cruelty – all spectrums.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
I don’t think I am alone on this one – “Life is about choices – so I live life with no regrets”.