Like so many young South Africans, Queen had hopes for her future and was looking for a job. Her aim was to earn so that she could study further.
After coming out of an interview for a post with the South African Police services and feeling somewhat despondent, someone drew her attention to an advertisement inviting applications for a place on the Orientation and Mobility Practitioners course.
She admits that she had no idea what the course was about or what O&M Training was. But she applied anyway and was accepted. And as the course went on, she grew to love what it was all about – changing the lives of blind people. In the end, Queen turned out to be top of her class.
Her first position was with the Nkosinathi Foundation in the Eastern Cape – a very long way from home. She worked there for over six years during which time, she studied through correspondence with the University of South Africa, getting herself a qualification in Skills for People Centered Community Development. Also and immediately before joining SAMBT, she went on a six-week Washington Mandela scholarship in the USA.
Queen is the newest addition to our team of Practitioners and clearly, she has her feet on the ground and her eye on the horizon.