Mi Casa Property Boutique Proudly Supports the People of Bicton Facebook page, where we highlight people in who make up our community. This month we spoke to Carol Bray – Captain of Bicton Girl’s Brigade and volunteer.
I came to Australia with my parents and two brothers in 1964, as a ten-pound pom. We then spent six months at the Point Walter migrant hostel. I began my education in Australia at age 14, after already completing 3 years of schooling in England. I went to John Curtin, and my kids also went there after I did.
Rodney and I have been married for 48 years, now with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. As a grandmother, I look after my grandchildren, and drop and pick up my grandson for school every day.
Career-wise, I began as a volunteer assistant in the classroom, then, at 54 I did my education assistant certificate after my friends encouraged it.
Carol in the Community
Today, I am heavily involved with the Bicton Uniting Church, being a member, and also running the ‘Never Alone’ group once a month. I am also captain of the Bicton Girl’s Brigade, and I have been for 6 years. It is a Christian- based group, similar to ‘Girl Guides’ and we have a program of activities for each term. I find it amazing hearing the questions the girls ask and I always have to give a truthful answer to them. We mainly have primary school girls, from kindergarten to year 7, and the girls love it.
I also volunteer at Bicton and Booragoon primary school. I’ve volunteered at Bicton for over 25 years, and now I have a group of six children (which I stay with for the entire year) that I do comprehension with on Monday mornings. I was the longest serving P and C president there in the 1990s, serving a total of 7 years. I used to run scripture classes there with my husband and some girls even joined the Girl’s Brigade after them.
I’ve been assisting at Booragoon for a few years, and recently I have been helping a young girl with her reading. On Wednesday mornings we simply read together for about half an hour.
I am also involved with the Valerie Heston school of dance. Every Saturday morning, I am there for morning teas and to support my two granddaughters who dance there.