AFTER being re-diagnosed with cancer and given years to live, Kim Graham has decided it’s time to finally start doing what she wants. Ms Graham is one of the class of 40 to graduate from Reclink’s first full-time traineeship for people struggling with long-term unemployment. Only two students will not graduate from the government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, but only because they have already found work. For Ms Graham, at 54, it was about a career change into land conservation and taking control of the last few years of her life. “I’ve been in retail since I was 15 and worked my way up from a casual in a service station kitchen to a manager for Woolworths in remote sites,” she said. “I got diagnosed with cancer 21 years ago and was given 10 years. I’ve been re-diagnosed this year, so forme this is the time to do what I want to do. “According to the doctors I’ve got five years, maybe, and I want those years to be with my hands in the dirt, doing something good. “That’s what I need to do, that will be my legacy. ”It’s been a tough 22 weeks for all the graduates, but program coordinator Mark Holloway said “if wanting something is a measure of getting a job, then she would
have five”. “Little did we know when we were taking this program on what we were getting ourselves in for,” Mr Holloway said. “We’ve had some really steep learnings and here we are at the end of the program and I’m really proud of what they’ve achieved,” he said. “Kim’s been fantastic. From word ‘go’, she has wanted this, she’s been first to finish her work and was lecturing other people how to do it too. ”Moreton Bay Regional Council division 3 councillor Adam Hain is working to secure funding for future projects and is keen to have graduates work for MBRC.