Lexie Wilkins, Duncraig’s First Head Girl – Class of 1983

40 years ago, Head Girl Lexie Wilkins left Duncraig Senior High School. In 1983 Lexie left school with an interest in health and people. She settled on the idea of becoming a registered nurse but was not able to start the training program for another year. Unsure of what to do until she could start, her mum and dad suggested starting a degree while she waited and in hindsight, she now believes this was great advice. Lexie worked in nursing for a few years before returning to finish her Psychology Degree. She later moved into leadership roles in several industries.

These days, Lexie works as an Organisational Development Specialist, a role designed to create great workplaces, employee experiences and developing leaders to be the best they can be. After all this time and experience, Lexie’s qualifications include a Diploma of Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, minoring in Public Relations and several accreditations in training and various psychometric assessments.

Lexie told us her career has taken her many places around the world and Australia including Melbourne and Sydney, Hawaii, and our wonderful Pilbara region.

“Post school I have learnt you don’t need to decide on a career at 17 or 18…It may take many years to work out what fills your cup – and that is ok.”

In Lexie’s personal life she has been part of fundraising for PMH and this year walked 35km for the Women’s Walk for Cancer. “I’m hoping to slow down from work a little in the next few years, so I have more time to give back.”

Outside of work Lexie admits to being a fitness junkie and says fitness is part of her everyday life. She has found an enjoyment in interior design while developing their four-year-old home. This year Lexi has holidayed in Spain and Portugal and has been lucky enough to holiday in the US, Mexico and lots of places in Europe.

She loves spending time with her friends and family and when asked about her greatest achievement she responded with “I am undoubtedly most proud of raising my two boys, 24 and 26. They are both healthy and happy, with good values.”

Lexie is a great example that just because you think you know what you want to do when leaving school, it doesn’t mean you will do it your whole life. “When we try something new it opens other opportunities we didn’t initially consider”

It is important to get to know yourself first, all your wonderful strengths, and the areas of you that you’d like to grow and develop further. When we know and accept ourselves, it is far easier to then know and understand others. This helps us connect and communicate more effectively and ultimately thrive in life and work wherever and whatever that may be.”