Maryka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to Perth with her family when she was 13 years old. For the past 15 years, she has worked with a range of communities and organisations across Australia.
Maryka started as an advocacy worker for children in care, lobbying the Government for better service provision and support for children leaving State care. This led Maryka to community development where she worked with The Smith Family, and The Community Development Foundation. She was also the National Project Manager for a program she helped to develop, called the School Passport Program. The program was an engagement tool that increased volunteerism, attendance, and social cohesion in schools. Maryka has worked with over 3000 families across Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. She also fostered invaluable networks with local businesses, organisations, and governments.
Maryka remarked “Those were great times – travelling the Nation and effecting change –real tangible change. We helped thousands of families through this Program, and my eyes were opened to the gaps in policy at a political level and what happens at a community level. Excessive red tape was a real hindrance”. Maryka has always viewed her faith as an asset. “We all have a particular worldview, mine has always encouraged me to serve and consider others first. I want to see our communities transformed through good policy – policy that keeps families healthy and thriving”.
Maryka believes strong communities stem from healthy families and good employment opportunities. She would like to see mental health services extended to support not only the individual – but to couples, families and the most vulnerable. “Familial stresses have a large impact on a person’s mental health. Most people cannot afford the counselling or psychology fees per session”. Australian Christians is the only party committed to putting your family’s interests first. Maryka has volunteered for various youth groups, The National Council of Women, detention centres, and various prisons. Maryka’s BA in Community Development and Politics combined with her extensive experience has enabled her to be a formidable candidate in East Metro. She is committed to serving its people, its interests and seeing the region grow from strength to strength. She has been AC WA’s State Director for over four years, leading all WA operations, and coordinating 6 elections.
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