A big welcome to Brighton Council’s newest member Brittany Szlezak

The Brighton Council has welcomed a new Community Development Officer to their team. A Brighton local, Brittany brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her past roles, having worked in the mental health sector, suicide prevention, policy reform, and community work.

Say hello to Brittany!

Brittany has a keen interest in how wellbeing can be improved throughout the community. “Any person who works in community development will tell you that there’s a big crossover between wellbeing and community development,” Brittany said. “I’ve often found that people experiencing challenges with their mental health aren’t always well connected to their community for a variety of reasons.”

The inspiration for Brittany’s work stems from her own life experiences. She said she was fortunate to have been able to access support from teachers, counsellors and community services growing up after experiencing challenges at home. “If it wasn’t for their support and encouragement, I probably wouldn’t have gone to university or moved interstate for university or joined the army, so to be in this job now it almost feels like I’ve come full circle,” she shared. “Maybe I’ll be able to do my bit on shining a light on all the beauty and strength that exists in our local area, in collaboration with others.”

Brittany grew up in Pontville and Chigwell before moving to Newcastle, NSW to study social work. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys watching live music, comedy, and hiking, particularly on Maria Island.

If you happen to spot Brittany around Brighton, she would love you to come up to her and say hello!