Bronwyn Sheehan is founder of The Pyjama Foundation, an organisation that supports children in foster care through mentoring programs.
[tabs type=”horizontal”][tabs_head][tab_title]Snapshot[/tab_title][tab_title]Bio[/tab_title][tab_title]About The Pyjama Foundation[/tab_title][/tabs_head][tab]Full Name: Bronwyn Sheehan
Company: The Pyjama Foundation Established: September 2004
Location: Albion, Brisbane
[/tab][tab]Bronwyn Sheehan, a former nurse and midwife is the Founder and Executive Director of The Pyjama Foundation. Bronwyn founded the organisation in 2004 after meeting a foster parent and seeing the struggles they faced and the awful statistics around children in foster care and wanted to do something about it. [/tab][tab]The Pyjama Foundation is a charity that supports children in foster care through a learning based mentoring program delivered by volunteers known as Pyjama Angels. Pyjama Angels spend an hour a week reading books aloud, playing educational games and being a positive mentor as Studies have shown that children in foster care are not only subject to a background of trauma and neglect – but are also being left behind by their peers academically (AIHW). There are around 39,000 children in foster care in Australia and 92% are below the average literacy level by the time they are 7 years old. [/tab][/tabs]
My first job was a waitress at the Taco Den while I was studying.
I decided to start my own business to give children in care a voice and support our most vulnerable foster care community. I have three beautiful children of my own and wanted to give back to the community.
I’ve had to give up time for myself. With such a full time position it’s hard to get a bit of down-time.
In business: Expanding The Pyjama Foundation throughout Queensland and New South Wales and being named Queensland Australian of the Year 2009.
In life: Brining up three beautiful children.
Wearing my PJs to the shops and turning this into a national Pyjama Day trend
Be courageous at an earlier age
Compassionate and brave.