A DAY IN THE LIFE: Carmel Wooding
GROWING up in Warwick, Carmel Wooding had dreams of bigger things, but as she discovered, life has a funny way of turning full circle.
After the birth of son Will in 2012, Carmel and husband Adam decided to move back to Warwick for 12 months.
"We were living on the Gold Coast and really happy there,” she said.
"There was a need to be closer to family and we were convinced we'd only stay here the year, and six years later we're still here.”
The Assumption College teacher librarian said they quickly knew they'd be staying.
"It only took a few weeks,” she said.
"Adam is a Gold Coast boy, but he was struck, as was I, by the sense of community and the warmth of the friendliness here,”
In what's become a complete circle, the Woodings live in the house Carmel grew up in on Ogilvie Rd.
As a teen, Mrs Wooding was an award-winning poet and had dreams of performing to mesmerised crowds. After completing university she landed a job as a character performer at Dreamworld.
But it was the more serious work Mrs Wooding was doing in her role as the state youth rep for St Vincent de Paul that changed her life in a way she hadn't expected.
"I met Adam while volunteering at St Vinnies and we did a two-week stint working on an Aboriginal community called Palumpa in the Northern Territory,” she said.
"This was a real eye-opener and a great growing experience for me as a person, and for Adam and I as a couple.
"We were there to organise positive activities for the local kids during the school holidays when there wasn't a great deal to do.”
Mrs Wooding said she loved the experience so much and the positive interaction with the children that within a month she started a teaching degree.
"With teaching, there's the real potential to be able to make a difference, improve lives and outcomes and help make the world a better place.”