We all know about multi-tasking women right? Well, we can safely say our Public Officer, Amina Keegan is life juggler extraordinaire!!
Depending on the day, I am a consulting demographer (population expert), PhD candidate at the Australian National University, Researcher at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, Vice President of the Burnie Labor and Central Policy Branches, mother of three, wife, sister, friend and an awesome aunty! And in between those roles, sometimes, I sleep! I’ve lived on the North West Coast of Tasmania, in Burnie, for almost a decade, and I feel privileged to be part of a community that truly cares and looks out for one another.
What role do you fill on the PttP board and what strengths do you bring to that position?
I am the Public Officer on the PttP board, and I ensure that as a board we are following all legislation and governance. I’ve served on numerous boards statewide, but never as a Public Officer, so I have enjoyed learning the ropes, so to speak. My attention to detail and my ‘can-do’ attitude ensure that, as a board, we remain legit (to legit to quit!).
How does being a part of PttP enrich your life?
PTTP restores, on a daily basis, my faith in humanity, and reminds me, to always see the good in people and situations. In an area like the NW coast, where we have a plethora of social problems, it would be all too easy to become overwhelmed and give up. However, the microcosm that is PTTP demonstrates that, at a basic level, when you demonstrate love, care and respect for people while treating them with dignity, amazing things can happen. PttP has brought communities together to share- not only in food, but in love.
What is your favourite vegetable and why?
Oooooh. A hard one. I adore greens for their versatility. If I had to pick one, I would say Bok Choy. Slightly wilted with garlic, chilli and ginger!
Recipe share – the one thing you cook over and over again?
It totally depends on the day- and by that, I actually mean, it totally depends on what activities my kids have on after school/work as to what I cook. My kids favourite ‘dinner’ is actually breakfast, and I cook it regularly. Bacon, eggs, toast and baked beans.
On weekends though, when I like to potter in the kitchen and bake, my go-to recipe is banana bread, particularly since my children insist on buying bananas for school snacks and then NEVER eat them. I seem to have a never ending supply of very ripe bananas.
This recipe will make one ‘loaf’ or 12 muffins:
3 over ripe bananas, smashed
1 3/4 C Self Raising flour
1/4 C plain flour
1 t cinnamon
2/3 C brown sugar
1/2 C milk
50g butter melted and cooled.
- Preheat over to 180C and grease/line loaf tin or muffin tray
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Place milk, eggs, melted butter and banana and mix in a separate bowl.
- Add banana mixture (wet ingredients) to dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Bake in over for 45-50 minutes (for loaf) or 15-20 mins for muffins.
If money was no object, what would be your PttP dream?
Woah. Where to start? The only constraint to the work we do, is a lack of ongoing, secure funding. The work that PttP is, at a basic level, literally keeping people from going hungry. I would like the organisation to secure ongoing funding so that our amazing founder Penelope, and our board, could continue to dedicate ourselves to our community, without having to frantically write ongoing grant applications. I would extend our farm and our services to several outreach points along the coast, allowing us to deliver fresh, wholesome, judgment-free food to those most in need. I would employ our volunteers- a tireless army of dedicated people who love our community and our work with a passion I’ve rarely seen in other organisations. My dream for PttP would be a fully funded program that allowed our organisation to focus its energies on creating sustainable, income generating programs that make real changes in our community- teaching people to grow and cook healthy, delicious food for themselves and their families. It’s a no brainer- when people are able to nourish themselves, both physically and emotionally in our communities, people are healthier and they are happier.
If you would like to find out more about Amina, you can head here…