Regina’s Story

From a toddler cartwheeling around PCYC Redlands, to a marketing professional driving efforts to reach at-risk and disadvantage young people who need us, Regina has returned to PCYC Queensland to make a difference.  

My first experience with PCYC Queensland was the Gymnastics class I took at PCYC Bayside as a four-year-old in 1996. I have such fond memories of  

Growing up in Queensland, everyone has a PCYC story- I was lucky to have only ever needed PCYC to pursue my Gymnastics career (Spoiler Alert: I never made it to the Olympics!). But I know what an important role PCYC has played in the lives of many young people just in my local community alone.  

I came back to PCYC Queensland during my final year of University as a volunteer Intern in the Marketing team. I learnt very quickly how the impact our programs and support services have on the communities we work in, had continued to grow and evolve over the years.  

We have something for every young person – whether they want to master a new talent in gymnastics or martial arts, connect with a mentor driver to get their drivers licence, or change their story through gaining work or personal skills. It never ceases to amaze me what young people can do, despite their circumstances, when they are given the opportunity to succeed.  

Having now joined the Marketing team full-time, I am determined to spread the word about the work we do, to garner the support and awareness we need to continue to be a safe place for young people across the state.

Regina Toparis 
Marketing Assistant