My birth name is Anette. I have lived in Bouvard, Mandurah for the past 5 years. I am a Palliative Care Nurse and I also do voluntary work with a charity to support the homeless and those in need in my local area. My first introduction to Buddhism was within a Tibetan group who were based in Fremantle. Although I initially found it helpful and informative I struggled at times with the esoteric side of things and the need to have faith and believe in what I was being taught which did not sit comfortably with me. When I came across the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order and Sangha, the approach was the complete opposite and I was being encouraged to test and challenge everything that I was being taught and that refreshing difference, together with meeting some very inspirational people there, led to my joining the Sangha in 2014. The Buddha-Dharma is now an inherent part of my life. This secular approach has led me to a practice which now helps me as a person to be happy and able to cope with life’s challenges with the support of others on the path. The paid and voluntary works that I do are very strong expressions of my daily practice and support my wish to be of benefit to others.