Author(s): Renee McBryde
On the outside Renee McBryde's life sounds not too far from normal: she grew up with a single mother and her greatest support was her loving grandmother. She went to school, she played with friends. If you fill in the details, though, it was far from normal. Her mother was 16 when she had Renee, and she was single because Renee's father was in jail for killing two men who, despite what he told Renee, he had not killed in self-defence. Renee grew up believing that as the daughter of a double murderer, she didn't deserve much in the way of happiness - so instead she found misery at home and in her relationships. Now she is a survivor, not just of her childhood but of the abuse that marred her adult life. This is her sometimes shocking, often moving, inspirational true story.
Renee McBryde has worked in Community Services for the last fifteen years across several sectors, primarily working with disadvantaged children. Currently she works as a senior child protection practitioner for the Department of Children's and Families, mostly working with Indigenous families. She also teaches Community Welfare Diplomas and courses in Alice Springs. She grew up in Sydney and travelled extensively for two years, notching up over fifty countries. She spent time working in Kenya as a volunteer community welfare worker in a remote Internally Displaced Peoples Camp, about four hours out on Nairobi. Renee moved to Alice Springs in 2015, in the final months of being pregnant with her third son. She and husband chose Alice Springs because they still wanted to have a life full of adventure, even though everyone told them that would be impossible with three small children.