Michelle Guyett McQuilton has tried her hand at many new things over the years. The experienced celebrant, events manager, Justice of the Peace and South West TAFE responsible serving of alcohol and OHS trainer is now taking on a new challenge as publican of the Woolsthorpe Hotel. Following her heart and trusting the locals for support, she is once again standing by her motto that ‘women can do anything’. Michelle, aka ‘Shell’, stopped her busy schedule to answer these questions.
What drew you to Woolsthorpe? A sense of adventure and excitement, country air and the people.
Describe Woolsthorpe in five words: Strong community – one huge family.
If you could live anywhere where would you choose? Woolsthorpe of course, where the air is clean and everyone rallies around you.
What are you reading at the moment? I’m a tad too busy to read a book, unless it’s about how to put generators back together.
If you had a million dollars what would you do with it? Help family, support the western district, starting with Woolsthorpe.
What career did you want to pursue when you were a teenager? Hairdressing.
What is something people might not know about you? Hotels are in my blood, my grandparents owned many in their day, including the Wheatsheaf in Terang.
If you could choose to go back 100 years or forward 100 years what would you do and why? I think if I went back in time I’d be burned at the stake being a women with an opinion. I’d be best going forward where technology would do all my work for me.
What recipe are you renowned for cooking for family or friends? I’m a simple cook but I love spices.
If you had all the time in the world to pursue and perfect any hobby what would it be? help others pursue their dreams, give them conf to chase their
What is the best piece of advice you've been given? Not to be defeated, have the courage to believe in yourself and make the time to share with others.
What motto do you live by? Women can do anything if they put their hand to it.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully still around. I couldn’t miss out on all the fun that’s happening.