Bb In Office

Barbara Blest

Born in the U.K., I moved to Tasmania in the early 80’s having had training and employment in both Child Care and Social Work. After working at the Children’s Assessment Centre and Community Services here in Launceston, I became the initial Director of a community-based child care centre which I ran for 11 years, during which time I successfully completed my Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. Whilst raising our two young children here in Trevallyn, I seized upon the opportunity of opening Abacus, a fairly unique Family Grouping Centre; whilst this was (and still is) a concept I feel passionate about it also had the added bonus of becoming an integral part of our local community. This was further enhanced when we soon set up our Outside School Hours Care program at Trevallyn Primary School.