Madhavi Nawana Parker has come a long way from her Sri Lankan roots and has founded Positive Minds Australia, a company that helps young people develop their sense of belonging and connection in a highly unconnected world.
Helping others comes naturally to Madhavi having grown up around people from neuro-diverse backgrounds. Her father worked in a leadership role at a psychiatric hospital in the 1980s, with Madhavi and her family living close by. The hospital was her ‘backyard’, where she often played and chatted with the residents. “My mum was an excellent cook and generous host, so Dad would often bring colleagues home. Even as a little kid I loved the stories they shared about their work – it was more interesting to me than homework or TV so I’d find a comfy spot nearby and listen!”