Brendan Schumann –
Mental Health Recovery Worker


Before coming to Clubhouse, Brendan was a Chef and has worked in cafes, restaurants and for a short stint on an island. Brendan started at Toowoomba Clubhouse in 2016 and has worked on the floor as a mental health recovery worker in the admin, garden and kitchen areas. On any work day, Brendan is quick to share a joke and a laugh with members and loves the diversity of working in different areas of Clubhouse. Brendan’s favourite thing to do is to go camping and whenever he can, he leaves the tent at home and rolls out a swag on a stretcher and sleeps under the stars (under his ever present Akubra hat).

Who would play you in a film? Jack Black – he’s not a serious person, he’s a bit of fun so that is a lot like me.

If you were planning a music festival, who – dead or alive – would be your headliner? John Williamson – the way he writes a song is funny but also so true about Australia. I’ve grown up listening to him. I’ve only seen him as a kid at a free concert in Queens Park. It was pouring down with rain but I loved it.

You're given an airplane ticket to anywhere in the world – where do you choose to go?  Southern USA around Louisiana. I’d love to try the corn bread and go shrimping. I’ve seen photos of their seafood feasts and I think I would love it there.

What's your favourite memory? That would have to be when my kids were born. I know it sounds obvious but I’d always wanted to be a parent and when my daughter was first born it really hit me - the responsibility I had to raise her – I just love my kids.

Who is your inspiration? My dad. He was such a hard worker while we were growing up. He made lots of sacrifices for us. I remember how he guided us was when I was growing up and I try to role model his behavior and how he raised me.

You're on a deserted island – what have you brought with you? My akubra hat. It goes everywhere with me. It lives in the car and I use it wherever I go. I couldn’t go to an island without it #sunsafe.

Why Toowoomba Clubhouse? Clubhouse and my role have purpose. From working as a Chef, I would see smiles on people’s faces while they eat a meal but then you don’t see them again. Working at Clubhouse you can help put a smile on someone’s face and help them change their life. That is what makes it worth it.