FAMILY MATTERS: Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry looks up to her mother, Gloria, for her strong work ethic.
FAMILY MATTERS: Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry looks up to her mother, Gloria, for her strong work ethic. David Foote

WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Landry looks to mum for life inspiration

WHEN it comes to idols many of us turn to celebrities, sporting personalities or iconic public figures.

But for Michelle Landry, not one of them comes close to being idolised quite like her mother, Gloria.

"One of the women I admire and owe a lot to is my mum," she said.

"My parents owned the Lucky Daniels casket agency in Rockhampton, which was an icon in the 1960s and 70s.

"When we were kids, mum would cook, wash, clean and pack us off to school before heading down to Lucky Daniels to work with dad during the day.

"In the afternoon, she headed home to prepare dinner, then changed into her nursing uniform to work the night shift at the city's base hospital."

To Michelle, her mother instilled the character of rolling up your sleeves, getting on with the job and putting others first.

She is forever grateful for that trait, and is something she now uses in her own journey as the Federal Member for Capricornia.

As a mother of two herself, Michelle understands mothers who run a household and often juggle a career, are very industrious and have a different way of thinking in all aspects of life (business, family and politics).

"Mothers have a special role to play in family life and when a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer it can have an enormous impact on those around her," she said.

"What I admire about many of these women that I have met during the course of this job is that many of them don't give in to breast cancer, they fight on and sometimes that leads to a good outcome and recovery," Ms Landry said.



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