Carmel Crouch, Andrew Wallace MP and Melissa Louk celebrate her graduation from the Steps pathways program.
Carmel Crouch, Andrew Wallace MP and Melissa Louk celebrate her graduation from the Steps pathways program.

Graduate spreads her wings with independent move

Melissa Louk was voted by her peers and teachers “most likely to move to a big city” when she first began her time at Steps Pathways College.

Two years on, Ms Louk is preparing to do just that.

The 25-year-old recently graduated from the college and is well on her way to achieving her goals.

Originally from a small town near Cairns, Ms Louk is packing her bag to live independently on the Sunshine Coast.

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Ms Louk set goals when she started her program.

“Short term, I wanted to get independence, feel confident, learn confidence with public transport and get a job,” she said.

“Long term I want to get married and have a family.”

All of her short-term goals have been achieved during her time with Steps with the help of the trainers she described as the “number one” group of people.

She said she was still nervous sometimes with public transport but was always practising and trying.

“I’m getting a job at a creche in the RSL, I’ll be working with children,” Ms Louk said.

“I have done work experience in Cairns. I did volunteer work at a daycare centre.”

Ms Louk said patience, resilience and the importance of overcoming fears were the three key lessons during her at the college.

Melissa Louk recently graduated from Steps pathways college.
Melissa Louk recently graduated from Steps pathways college.

Ms Louk’s trainer Jason Keen said the change he had seen in Ms Louk in just two years was unbelievable.

“She has become so confident in who she is and all that she is capable of,” Mr Keen said.

“I have no doubt that I’ll be getting updates on her great progress in the years to come.”

While Ms Louk is looking forward to her next chapter she admits she will miss the program.

She said she would miss college cooking teacher Brendan Monsma the most, as he taught her to cook independently.

“I’m going to miss everyone and everything,” she said.

“I’ll especially miss Brendan; I’ll miss cooking with him.”


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