Inspirational Ruby a rare gem with determined streak
RUBY Lawler is a busy young woman who doesn't let a challenge go astray.
The 20-year-old recently landed herself a job as a St Stephen's Lutheran Kindergarten assistant teacher - but it wasn't without plenty of hard work.
Although Ruby has a rare chromosome deletion disability, she completed her study at St Stephen's Lutheran College while also studying her Certificate II in Child Care one day a week through CQUniversity's VET in Schools program.
She did work experience at a number of Gladstone childcare centres, including Riverstone Rise, and then went on to work on her Certificate III for the following three years after high school. It paid off.
"I am proud that I stuck to it (certificate course)," she said.
"I was surprised when I got the job at St Stephens.
"The kids are fun and I like teaching them things and reading to them."
Ruby works three days a week, swims competitively for Gladstone Gladiators and Gladstone Gropers and in her spare time she helps others.
"When she has time, she helps as an assistant coach teaching kids to swim," Ruby's mum Suzie Lawler said.
"She swam at Special Olympics Australia National Games, winning three silver medals and two bronze medals."
Mrs Lawler is immensely proud of her daughter.
"She's worked very hard and has had a lot of challenges but she comes through until she achieves her goals," she said.
Ruby's loves in life are children and animals.
On Friday, Ruby shared her story as part of Gladstone Community Linking Agency's Be Inspired Breakfast, which also featured Paralympics swimmer Ahmed Kelly.