Colleen Delaney is both a Health Educator and Registered Nurse providing health services and wellbeing programs across health settings, community development, and in tertiary, secondary and primary sectors of education.
Colleen’s years of experience working in healthcare and education settings has led to a broader understanding of the impact of people living in poverty and has guided individuals and communities to build their capacity using Ruby Payne’s Bridges out of Poverty framework.
Colleen recognises the strengths and intrinsic abilities of every person. She believes in creating trusting relationships, igniting self-awareness, building knowledge and continuous learning as foundational to empowering individuals to believe in themselves, develop and foster personal goals for positive change despite difficult current and past experiences.
Colleen brings a rare mix of life and professional skills and experiences that underpin her passion to support and advocate for people. Working with The Gordon TAFE for over 12 years delivering Nursing and Health Programs, she was fortunate to work closely with a passionate advocate for the Bridges model in the northern suburbs of Geelong with Northern Futures. The program is recognised across the country for its ground breaking model to support individuals to self-discovery, further study and into work. Educating in schools, TAFE and community centres, delivering programs, practical work experience and coaching/mentoring, Colleen integrated the Bridges out of Poverty model into her work. Recognising the value and transformative impact, she trained as a 'Getting Ahead' facilitator successfully running this program with locals of the Northern suburbs of Geelong. With many successful stories and experiences over these years Colleen has taken these skills to support wellbeing in the primary school environment, where she has seen the impact of generational poverty on children and their learning.
Colleen holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is trained in Life Coaching, Positive Psychology and the Berry Street Education Model. Colleen is passionate about the Bridges framework and brings with her a unique set of skills and experiences built over a lifetime. Few people have a capacity to empathise and empower using the Bridges model in the way she has been able, with many appreciative participants sharing their life changing stories.