Barnardos Mother of the Year QLD finalist, proudly supported by ALDI Australia.

QLD finalist Aleigha Manski - nominated by Uncle Scott.

Aleigha Manski, 29, grew up in an extremely challenging environment, where parental drug use, domestic violence and constant changes to her home environment impacted her childhood. Now a qualified Family Counsellor, the mother-of-one (with another on the way) is determined to give her own children a secure and happy childhood with parents who respect themselves and one another, while supporting other mothers and young people in the community to be the best they can be.

“Having grown up in such a volatile, unstable environment, it is amazing that Aleigha has chosen to work directly with children in similar environments that she endured, and has qualified as a Family Counsellor,” said her uncle and nominator, Scott Anderson, 40.

“The reason my wonderful niece should be made Barnardos Mother of the Year is because of her loving, nurturing, respectful relationship she has with her wonderful daughter.”

Aleigha is an exceptional person and mother who leads by example, agrees her friend and co-worker, Larine McDonald.

“She is the type of person that will go the extra mile for everyone and encourages all the young people that she meets to be the best they can be,” Larine said.