Family First has endorsed Amanda Best as a candidate for the seat of Forde in the 2013 Federal election.
A born and bred Queenslander, Amanda has always had a passion for serving her local community. For the past twelve years that Amanda has been a resident of the Gold Coast, she has dedicated her time in support of a variety of local initiatives including Surf Life Saving QLD, community chaplaincy, local youth groups and Nerang Celebrates. Her outstanding community contributions were recognised in 2004 when she became the recipient of an Australian Young Achiever award.
Whether it’s volunteering her time as a rural firefighter or working with community organisations to provide food parcels for vulnerable families, Amanda takes an enormous sense of fulfilment from being able to provide these much-needed services. Having experienced many challenges as a young woman, the ability to give back in an arena where she personally received so much support is a major driving factor.
Today Amanda runs a thriving training and consulting business which focuses on teaching skill-based trainers to deliver adult education. However, the future did not always look so bright for her. A period of Amanda’s youth was spent in Government care. This experience has given her tremendous insight into the importance of the family structure, wider community involvement and government responsibilities.
“It takes a mum and dad to make a baby, and a community to raise one,” says Amanda.
Amanda is passionate when it comes it comes to the topic of healthcare, and has a special interest in the area of mental health. Her close involvement with various community services at a ground roots level has provided the awareness that addiction and destructive lifestyle choices have an effect not just on the individual, but also on the family and the entire community. Consequently Amanda is keen to see a greater dispersal of resources which would foster the development of health related services to individuals.