Angela Barker

Angela Barker

Angela Barker

2011 Young Australian of the Year (Victoria) |
Young care advocate

Biogragrahy:

DOB:
10 / Aug / 1985
From:
Victoria

Angela Barker is a highly motivated and inspirational young woman who grew up in Benalla in rural Victoria. Anj’s life changed forever in 2002 at the age of 16 when she was brutally bashed to near death by her ex-boyfriend. She suffered severe brain damage, and the prognosis was that she would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. She spent three years in hospital, rehabilitation and a nursing home before being able to return home, needing full time care. Anj has endured daily pain and suffering over this time and has to continue therapy daily to keep moving forward but with her strength and determination she has been able to help others while on her personal quest for independence. In 2010 she moved to Melbourne to her own flat, where she lives independently and in 2014 Anj was able to obtain employment at the NAB Bank. Anj continues to amaze everyone with her ongoing recovery. In 2004 the Federal Government released a DVD, about Anj’s story called ' Loves Me, Loves Me Not' as part of their Domestic Violence Campaign, which was distributed to every secondary school in Australia. Despite the enormous challenges she faces daily, Anj is determined to open the hearts and minds of others. She educates the public on anti-violence, talking to tens of thousands of Students, Men, Women, Health Workers, Police, Politicians and Prisoners. Anj empowers others to say ‘no’ to violence, by advocating respectful relationships. In 2007, Anj attended the International Women's Health Coalition in New York to participate in their training on the plenary rights of children. The focus was on the rights of the female child this included two days at the United Nations. Anj campaigns to stop young people ending up in nursing homes, as this is where she was for two and a half years. She looks forward to the full roll out of the National Disability Scheme so that people with acquired brain injury can have an equal opportunity to regain an active and productive life. Anj works to educate others to see the person, not the disability. She is an exceptional young woman who has displayed strength and courage in the face of her injuries. Because of her experience and the work she does, she was honoured by being the 2011 Victorian Young Australian of the Year and the US Embassy in Canberra put her forward for the International Woman of Courage Award in Washington. Anj has received the Benalla Get Out there Youth Award in 2005, in 2012 she received the Rotary Southern District 'Shine On' Award and the NAPCAN's Play Your Part Award and was also named as one of the Top 100 Inspirational Melbournians by the Age Newspaper and in 2013 the Financial Review named her as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence. Anj’s motto is “Believe in yourself and anything is possible.” www.anjbarker.com.au