From The Windmill – A Journal of the Diverse Voices of Women
My name is Beverly de Silva. I emigrated here with my family, from Sri Lanka, almost 20 years ago.
My past work experience comprises nearly 21 years in admin-related work overseas – 5 years in the private sector and 16 years in a Diplomatic Mission; and 6 years local experience in Data Entry/Typing. I currently work as a volunteer at a Community Centre, doing Reception/Admin work.
I have lived in Wyndham ever since I migrated to Australia, and attend a local church, where I am a choir-member. I have also followed a few courses locally, including a Creative Writing course, and have volunteered for many organisations over the years – some for only a while, and others for a longer period. St. Vincent de Paul Society (St. Vinnies); The Red Cross; AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Services); and IPC Health (formerly ISIS Primary Care) are some of them.
Besides the Community Centre, I currently also volunteer for a Refugee Kids’ Homework Club run by Catholic Care; am a member of the Wyndham Women’s Support Group; and a member of SI (Soroptimist International) Wyndham – a global voice for women. In addition to this, I am part of the editorial team for The Windmill Journal – typing and editing content.
What I love doing most in my free-time is conjuring up poems/stories in my mind and writing them down; and thinking of various creative ways to make greeting-cards, pictures, etc., using recyclables and scrap materials that I already have, so as to reduce waste and rid the earth of unnecessary land-fill. I also love going out to my garden to mostly admire, but also capture nature’s beauty through photography; reading; doing crosswords; playing Scrabble; and researching my Dutch-related ancestry.
Composing poems, photographing nature, making greeting-cards, and singing are some of my great passions.
My greatest challenge was the fear of talking openly to a group of people, but the Wyndham Women’s Support Group has enabled me to overcome this to a great extent. My current challenge is to start up my own small greeting-card business.
One of my future goals is to conduct creative-writing classes for kids, so as to enable them to discover or bring out any hidden talent they may have, whilst at the same time, enabling me to utilise my talent and helping to generate an income for myself.
My dream is to complete and publish my book of faith-related testimonies, and a book of my poems.
THE WONDER OF THE MORNING
Twittering birds, Sparkly dew, The crowing cock
Saying cock–a-doodle-do, Mild, fresh breeze, Misty sky,
Clean fresh trees, Clouds floating by, New-born buds, Humming bees, Dancing flowers,
I love all these. Flitting butterflies, The morning calm, Gives peace and joy, Just like a balm,
New thoughts and hopes come with the morn, Take time to enjoy it –
Another day is born!
By Beverly de Sil