Since early childhood I have had an association with various domestic cats including a manx. My husband and I purchased our first Burmese cat in 1983. In 1985 after purchasing two further neuter boys, we began showing our cats. These three cats were absolute family favourites and with their outgoing natures, loving personalities, and absolute devotion to us all, it happened that my fate as a Burmese owner was sealed.
A further cat joined us in 1999, and so continued the interest in showing.
I had made up my mind around this time that I would love to breed these gorgeous cats, however this didn't occur until 2006 when I purchased our first two breeding girls, and so began our breeding programme under the Sukimah prefix, which, over the years, has had some success on the show bench.
Stewarding seemed a natural progression of my interest in cats, which I found to be most rewarding. This activity gave me a close up look at the other breeds of cats on the show bench, eventually leading me to successfully completing the Shorthair group judging course. I am presently extending my training in our Group 1 judges training programme, and at the conclusion, hopefully I will qualify as an all breeds judge.
I am currently serving my 3rd term on the NSW CFA Management Committee, and am a member of the Compliance/Education, Judges' and Show Sub committees.
My involvement in cat clubs is as a member of The Burmese Cat Society of Australasia Inc, acting firstly as treasurer for some years and then since 2011, I have been the secretary. I am also co – editor of our Society's magazine. I enjoy membership of five other cat clubs.
My “outside” life is taken up by full time work as a practice manager in an accountant's practice. I enjoy reading books, being outdoors, gardening, spending time with my family and friends and also enjoying the company our gorgeous cats.