Michelle McDonald began to smile as the final mortgage payment on her unit in Geelong went through.

The unique achievement of paying off her own home gave Michelle great satisfaction, and she was quick to tell her parents Bruce and Helen.

“I was really happy, so happy,” Michelle said.

“I got home and I told Mum I’d paid my unit off, she said she was so proud of me.”

Woman with house keys
Michelle McDonald has paid off her Geelong property.

Michelle said she decided to buy her own property, after living with her parents and then her younger brother’s family in Geelong.

“When my brother’s family needed their extra room I rented a unit my sister in law had found me,” she said.

“Then a lady put her nearby unit up for sale, and after we had a look I made the decision to buy it as I wanted to stay in that area.”

“It’s nice to have my own place, and now I don’t have to worry about making monthly payments.”

Michelle has committed her life to achieving her goals through hard work and education. After leaving college, Michelle attended The Gordon to complete some short courses, before starting work with Karingal at the Geelong Laundry in the mid-1980s.

Fire destroyed the laundry in 1995, and Michelle transferred to the Grace McKellar laundry where she worked for 20 years before it was closed down. During that time she was supported by Karingal’s Supportworks staff.

Michelle joined the genU Business Enterprises team at Douro Street in 2015. She is also completing a Certificate in Transition education course with genU Training and plans to complete another course next year.

Michelle said employment and education had been a key driver behind realising her goals.

“I think it’s important to have a job. I’ve always enjoyed working,” she said.

“I enjoy the people, the supervisors are all really nice and my teachers are very helpful too.”

Bruce said Michelle’s family was proud of her achievements.

“Michelle is quite excited about paying off her unit. This achievement has always been her major goal,” he said.

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