Good Hope Story

Good Hope Story

This is very likely one of the hardest stories I have ever given. I will take you back to the age of thirteen. This is where my addiction started even though it More »

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

I was born in Gladstone Qld on the 23/10/1979.  My mother and father separated when I was one year of age. Mum found a new boyfriend who was her partner til I More »

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

My life before I got to New Beginnings was very depressing. I was out of control in so many ways. I had recently moved back from Mt Isa and was in a More »

WHOS MTAR Client Story

WHOS MTAR Client Story

Prior to coming to WHOS MTAR my life was unmanageable to the extent where even going to the chemist to pick up my methadone was a struggle. I was stuck in a More »

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

I was surrounded by drugs from an early age. My father was addicted to drugs and there wasn’t many times I did not see him with a beer in hand or some More »

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

Before I thought about coming to WHOS RTOD I had done about 12 detox programs and thought every time I could stay clean myself. It took a long time to realize this More »

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

Life before WHOS RTOD was absolute hell for me. I have one sister who is alive and 2 brothers deceased. My father passed away last year and my mum is dying from More »

Hunter resident reflections

Hunter resident reflections

What it was like. At the age of 11 it was just natural to me that everyone used drugs, I thought nothing of it. I listened to everyone glorifying it so I More »

Sophie

Sophie

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am an alcoholic. I will be eternally grateful to the Therapeutic Community at Cyrenian House, my counsellor, my very wise sponsor,  my Higher Power, my More »

 

Bernice Smith, Director

Bernice is CoCEO at Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services on the Gold Coast in Queensland. 
Bernice was Service Manager at Goldbridge for 5 years from 2010 – 2015 before heading to Toowoomba to become Executive Director of Sunrise Way TC for six months.  Bernice was previously elected as an ATCA Board member, however stepped down when she left Goldbridge and went to Sunrise Way.

After starting her first career as a Nurse in the late 1970’s, Bernice spent the next 25 years working in the Health and Community services sector in Queensland with various agencies across the community, government and private sectors.  Bernice has a Bachelor of Social Services, Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs; and Cert IV in Workplace Training and undertook training in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation through the Gestalt Association of Qld.  She has been a member of the Steering Committee member for the Drug and Alcohol Summit held in 2001; the Qld Community Service Strategy Committee; and the Qld Taskforce Committee for Child Protection.

Bernice undertook TC Standards training with ATCA in 2013 and become a Peer Reviewer, resulting in being a member of a Peer Review team in New South Wales.  In 2014, Bernice led the Goldbridge project to obtain ISO 9001:2008 quality standards.  Bernice enjoyed being a past member of the ATCA Board, inputting information on how a small but vibrant TC in a Queensland urban setting can support people to address their addiction.