Gabrielle recounts her struggle to gain independence, aided by the love and support of her mother and eight siblings.
Mum said I used to always say "Me Do".
It's because I am very independent.
I live in a small community. Our family has 8 children and we all love each other. Mum wanted me to go to our local school because the teachers didn't know how smart I was I was made to go to the special schools.
Because I did so well, I went to Airly State School, and then to Sion College. One day I played on the teachers volleyball team.
Mum helped me break new ground for others to follow. I love you Mum!
I went to Singapore by myself. I stayed with my sister Angela and her family. I rode on a rickshaw with Emily, my niece. Then we went to Malaysia, where I saw my Dad's grave.
He died in the Vietnam War. I can't remember my Dad, but I love him too!
I think it's important to help people. I volunteer at St. Vinnies, deliver meals on wheels and make morning tea and the nursing home. It makes me feel good in my heart.
I work in Foster Place, so does my brother (Sean). In the gift shop I serve customers, "Hello, I'm Gabrielle, how can I help you?".
I also work in the office. I know what to do. I'm good at my job. The best part is getting paid.