Bruce is an L2P mentor who is committed to ensuring young people are well equipped to get behind the wheel.
The L2P program supports young people who have been in out-of-home care gain independence by getting their licence.
Many young people who pass through the L2P program have endured traumatic childhoods, which can impact on their behaviour.
Bruce has overcome these obstacles, encouraging and supporting the young people he mentors to complete their 120 hours of driving practice and give them the skills they need to pass their driving test.
Bruce worked for ten years as a mechanic, before completing a Bachelor of Education.
This allowed him to spend 35 years as an automotive trade instructor at his local TAFE.
Now retired, he spends his time volunteering.
Prior to joining the L2P program, Bruce was involved in pre-driver education programs in the community, teaching theory and practical driving skills.
He enjoys sharing his extensive driving knowledge, and through his guidance and support, Bruce has been a positive influence in the lives of these young people.
“After I retired, I wanted to give back to my community, and this was a good way to do that,” says Bruce.
“I enjoy talking to the young people and being able to provide them with some stability. Sometimes I can work with them for up to 18 months in order to get their licence.
“It’s great to see their skills and confidence develop over time. And when they go on to get their licence, they’re over the moon.”
Bruce has been with the L2P program since October 2013, providing over 600 hours of mentoring to our learner drivers.
“The L2P program is really important, as for many of the youth who go through the program, it’s the first time they have sat and passed an exam,” says Bruce.
“It’s an important milestone for them and it’s a privilege to help them achieve it.”