OUR CITY OUR FUTURE: Teilah Skye McKelvey
EVERY year Warwick sees an exodus of young people, leaving town to pursue their dreams, in education, career and family, but quite often, after tasting life out in the big wide world, they return to call Warwick home once again.
Teilah Skye McKelvey did just that earlier this year after 12 years of exploration and experiences and the Rose City has delivered with its memories, lifestyle, family and community.
Born in Warwick, Mrs McKelvey moved around as a child with her father, a career-policeman, before returning to attend Scots PGC College for years 11 and 12. After a stint in Toowoomba studying she moved to the Gold Coast and found a career managing various venues before running a backpackers in Brisbane.
Mrs McKelvey said she met future husband Danny while working there.
"He's a south east Londoner,” she said.
"As cockney as they come he is, and introduced me to travel with a stint in London, which fired a bug in me for more exploring.”
Two children came along, Summer in 2009 and Charlie in 2011. In 2016, the family travelled together to Europe for a five month travel odyssey that saw them based in London.
Mrs McKelvey said they lost their passports to pickpockets at Christmas markets in Berlin.
"They lifted them from a side-pocket in a backpack,” she said.
"A week later someone drove a truck into those markets and killed a bunch of people - we were lucky.”
A full-on 10-day tour of New York started with a crazy Brooklyn cabbie.
"That was a hectic car ride,” McKelvey said.
"It was a bit too much for Charlie, who threw up in his sister's hat.”
In January 2017, Mrs McKelvey and the kids moved home to Warwick.
"I felt in my early 20s it was harder to connect to the town, but in my early 30s with the kids it was so much easier,” she said.
"I am very excited with the fact that Warwick is a place you can make it happen for yourself.
"Especially for people who are creative and have ideas, it's a lot easier to have those ideas heard than in the city.”