Danielle is here to show us just what she can do. Danielle works in Southport, on the Gold Coast.
Her mantra? Don’t let anything hold you back.
“Yes, I have a disability, but I’m married, I own a house, I have a dog, I have my license and a car and I can solve just about any problem you can throw at me,” she said.
She also has a forklift licence and operates a forklift at work. “I’m just so proud of myself.
The staff and crew at Southport were so supportive in helping me get my licence.
We were in a meeting one day about goals and stuff and I said, “You know, I’m going to get my forklift licence.”
You don’t see many girls getting on the forklift and that’s something that I wanted to change.”
Danielle is hoping that there will be women inspired by reading this story.
For those ladies she has this message:
“Girls can do anything! If it makes you happy, I think you should go for it! We can do whatever we put our minds to.”
When asked where her can-do attitude comes from, she has a simple answer.
“It’s just me, it’s just the way I am. Sometimes I’m quiet, but that’s never a bad thing.”
“I just love helping people. I love to be useful, and I love to help out. Whether it’s a customer in the tip shop, or a colleague, if I can be nice and put a smile on their face then that makes me happy,” she said.
When asked about the future, Danielle says she’s already on the right path.
“It’s amazing what you can achieve.
I already have my 5-year forklift certification, now let’s see if we can go for 10! It would be wonderful to be here at work in another five years,” she said.
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