From struggle to strength: Deanne's remarkable transformation and triumph

  • Overcoming Adversity: Deanne Warland faced immense stress, anxiety, and depression due to a breast cancer diagnosis and other medical conditions, hindering her ability to engage in daily activities and secure stable employment.

  • Transformative Support from Castle: With Castle's support, Deanne initially found purpose volunteering with St Vinnies, until a placement in a trainee administration position marked a turning point in her life.

  • Triumphant Growth: Deanne's remarkable 52-week journey showcased her mental and physical transformation. With Castle's support and her own determination, she not only conquered personal challenges but also excelled in her role at Anstey’s, becoming a source of inspiration for others facing adversity.

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Deanne, pictured in uniform at her workplace, medical and mobility equipment supplier Anstey's Healthcare Salamander Bay.

Deanne's Journey

In the face of adversity, there are individuals who not only survive but thrive, turning challenges into opportunities for growth. One such inspiring story is that of Deanne Warland, who embarked on a transformative journey with Castle after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and facing numerous other medical conditions that disrupted her ability to secure stable employment within the community.

The Depths of Struggle

Deanne's initial journey with Castle began as a person under immense stress, grappling with the uncertainty of her cancer diagnosis, previous traumas, and the aftermath of several road accidents. Anxiety and depression loomed large, making it challenging for her to leave the house without a support person or her husband by her side. Simple tasks like grocery shopping and attending appointments became daunting endeavours, often causing Deanne to retreat home if faced with crowds or unease.

The Turning Point

Castle recognized Deanne's potential and offered her a lifeline through volunteering opportunities with St Vinnies, providing a valuable outlet for personal development and interaction with others. Over a span of two months, Deanne began to make significant strides in overcoming her social challenges.

A New Beginning

The next chapter in Deanne's journey unfolded when Castle facilitated her placement in a trainee administration position with medical and mobility equipment supplier Anstey’s Health Care at Salamander Bay. With just $20.00 to her name, Deanne was desperate to reintegrate into society and find purpose. This marked a crucial turning point in her life.

Castle's Instrumental Support

Throughout Deanne's journey, Castle's Employment Support Officer, Pete Trenaman, remained a constant source of guidance and encouragement. The organisation played a pivotal role in assisting her personal and professional growth. With Castle's support and consistent onsite assistance, Deanne found stability in her cancer treatment, her husband gifted her a car, and she regained the independence to travel to Coffs Harbour to visit her father.

Triumph over Adversity

After eight months of hard work and dedication, Deanne's progress was nothing short of remarkable. She transitioned from a place of vulnerability to managing the entire showroom floor at Anstey’s on Saturdays and any other given day required. Her newfound confidence allowed her to contribute significantly to society, and Anstey's emerged as a steadfast supporter of Castle's mission.

A New Focus on the Future

Deanne's journey exemplifies the power of resilience, determination, and community support. Her growth, both mentally and physically, throughout her 52-week tenure with Castle, stands as a testament to the human spirit's capacity for transformation. Deanne, once burdened by challenges, now stands laser-focused on her future, embodying the strength that comes from facing and conquering adversity.


Deanne Warland's journey with Castle is a beacon of hope for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. It serves as a reminder that, with the right support and determination, individuals can not only overcome their struggles but also emerge stronger, more focused, and ready to embrace a brighter future. Deanne's story is a testament to the transformative power of resilience and community, showcasing that even in the darkest of times, there is always the potential for a triumphant new beginning.