Balveen is passionate about creating access to a better quality of life and wellbeing for young people. She works with not for profits and businesses at points of significant change, with a focus on strategy, governance and sustainability.
Balveen is Executive Director, Strategy and Performance at Brisbane Catholic Education and founder of Community Capital, which builds connections between investors and influencers and community-facing enterprise. She has held a number of Board positions in the health sector.
Balveen was first diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 20 following years of painful menstruation and complications with an inherited rheumatoid condition. Since that time, she has undergone a number of surgeries including a hysterectomy. “Anyone living with a chronic pain condition will know normal life can be so difficult to manage, let alone enjoy. We were really fortunate to have 3 lovely children and I am so grateful for their ongoing support and that of my husband who has held my hand throughout the ups and downs”.
Balveen is committed to raising awareness of endometriosis in communities where it can still be difficult for women to talk frankly about their health and well-being, particularly in relation to sex and women’s health issues. “Stigma and fear perpetuate pain and a low quality of life for so many women and girls. The cycle gets deeper and more restrictive and many women and girls simply don’t know how to reach out for help. I hope that in my role as an Ambassador for Endometriosis Australia I can help to get the message to the thousands of women who need support in accessing healthcare and advice.”