Defence Family Matters : December 2017
18 YOURSTORIES STAFF PROFILE: KIM INGLETON, OFF-ROAD ADVENTURER RACHEL BOWMAN As an ADF partner, Kim Ingleton UNDERSTANDS THE MILITARY WAY OF LIFE AND ENJOYS SUPPORTING OTHER FAMILIES. Her role as a Family Liaison Officer is a perfect fit. She says it’s her other passion — four wheel driving (4WD) with her husband Mark—that’s helped her connect with her community and make new and lifelong friends. Kim joined Defence Community Organisation in the Albury Wodonga office in 2016. With her Army husband Mark’s posting to Townsville at the end of the year, Kim has moved up north early to settle into her new role. “I wanted to arrive a couple of months before the end-of-year posting cycle so I could prepare to support other new families posting to Townsville,” Kim said. A self-confessed planner, Kim gets a buzz from organising events and activities for families and she’s looking forward to meeting the families in Far North Queensland. “I love being able to connect with families and share information about what’s on locally,” said Kim. “Getting involved with local community clubs and activities is a great way to settle in to a new place.” Kim says she knows first-hand how it can be a challenge, particularly for parents without kids at home. “Our posting to Albury Wodonga was our first as empty-nesters and I was finding it difficult to find where I fitted in my new community,” said Kim “But, from the first time I visited the Albury Wodonga 4WD Club, I felt welcomed and supported and I’ve made some lifelong friends. “The good thing about the 4WD club is many of the members are locals and they have a wealth of knowledge. “We’ve explored the beautiful Victorian high country and visited places we never would have discovered on our own. “We’re really looking forward to the new places we’ll discover in Far North Queensland. “I’ve already made some enquiries about local clubs and we’ll check them out in the new year.” “I LOVE BEING ABLE TO CONNECT WITH FAMILIES AND SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT’S ON LOCALLY.” Kim Ingleton has recently joined Defence Community Organisation’s Townsville office as the area’s Family Liaison Officer. Photo by Artisan House of Photography.