Introducing Myreesa Hurtado, PBF Workplace presenter.
As a young, adventurous woman, Myreesa lived a full and busy life surfing, snorkelling, riding bikes and exploring. Working as an instructor at an adventure camp, safety was Myreesa’s number one priority. Four years later at 29 years old, she sustained a spinal cord injury whilst working at a day-care centre.
Myreesa’s message to the community is simple: no one is invincible. There was always a risk of sustaining a permanent injury with her adventurous lifestyle, but she never did she think she would sustain an injury in her workplace.
Q: Take us through an average day for you?
A: Wake up, make my way inside, feed our dog Sass, have breakfast. Then head out for the day doing different errands or heading to a PBF presentation. Some days I spend at the gym, or go for a swim. I also spend time out in the bush or at the skate park.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working for PBF?
A: The flexibility.
Q: Is there a contribution or achievement you’re most proud of being a part of at PBF? I
A: managed to get through my first presentation with so many hiccups, but I carried myself well.
Q: What most surprised you about the impact and incidence of spinal cord injury when you began to learn about this topic?
A: Since I am living with a spinal cord injury, everything about it has changed and impacted my life.
Q: What are your hobbies/what do you get up to outside of work?
A: I found out I am good at painting, so I love art, I am always doing things with my hands. I also spend time at the beach, pool and skate park
Q: What is your favourite thing about working for PBF/to reduce the impact and incidence of spinal cord injury?
A: I just hope that I can play a role to help others not end up in the same boat as me.
Q: What jobs did you have before joining PBF?
A: Childcare, adventure camps, cheffing, agriculture.
Q: Why did you start working with PBF?
A: I was approached, I loved what I saw, so decided I wanted to be a apart of the team.
Q: Why do you think people should become members of PBF Australia?
A: If I had known about PBF before my accident it would have greatly supported my new life transition.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
A: I know random facts about so many different topics people wouldn’t expect. I am a rolling encyclopedia.
Follow us on Facebook for more
Meet the PBF team: Introducing Nick Dempsey
Introducing PBF youth and road injury prevention speaker Nick Dempsey In 2017 while celebrating his 21st birthday, Nick dove into his backyard pool, hit the bottom and sustained ....
Meet the PBF team: Introducing Myreesa Hurtado
Introducing Myreesa Hurtado, PBF Workplace presenter As a young, adventurous woman, Myreesa lived a full and busy life surfing, snorkelling, riding bikes and exploring Working ....
Meet the PBF team: Introducing Lindsay Nott
Introducing Lindsay Nott, PBF Youth and Workplace presenter On the last day of Grade 12, at the age of 17, Lindsay went for a celebratory swim and broke his neck at vertebrae C5 ....
Meet the PBF team: Introducing Emma Seaman
1 What is your role at PBF I am the Community Engagement / Membership Growth Manager 2 How long have you been working at PBF A little over 3 months 3 Take us through an average ....
Meet the PBF team: Introducing Tayla Stone.
What is your role at PBF IP Engagement Officer, Peer Support & IP Presenter Take us through an average day for you at PBF: Brightening up people’s day on the Fiona ....
Now is the time for giving. There’s still time to donate before tax time.
With tax time around the corner, shorten the gap between your donation and benefit by donating to PBF Australia today You can complete your income tax return any time up until ....
PBF employment program wins award
PBF membership helps us to provide meaningful employment opportunities after trauma, and we are proud to employ over 40 people living with permanent spinal cord injury Many are ....
Meet Ebonny: Ebonny was a very active member of the community pursuing her passion in photography and gaining experience in a bookkeeping career She regularly enjoyed activities ....
This month, the Abilympics 2023 (or Olympics of Abilities) will be held in Metz, France with the aim to improve the vocational abilities of persons with disabilities to reach ....
Road/Workplace/Youth Jodie’s life changed forever when she was struck by a motor vehicle whilst cycling The driver, was over the legal alcohol limit, found to be fatigued at the ....
Joanna’s Horse Ride
After breaking her neck in a fall Joanna is a C3 complete quadriplegic and uses a chin-controlled wheelchair An active PBF presenter Joanna believes that “anything is ....