Getting to know your ‘local faces’ each week

Each week in the Kiama Independent we profile a member of the local community. 

Meet this week’s ‘local face’, Becky Guggisberg.

Name: Becky Guggisberg.

Occupation: Full-time artist, and also casually employed as a registered nurse in an emergency department. 

I took the plunge to resign from my permanent job 18 months ago.

Suburb: Kiama.

Hobbies: I am very interested in yoga and have been practicing since I was about 12. 

I love that this will be a strong force within my life, all my life.

I also love movies, live productions, comedy, cabaret and music. 

I am a sucker for a good story.

I love to cook, dance, garden and hang out with friends. 

I love to travel and discover how other people live. I love to swim.

I run most days with one of my best friends – my dog Spirit. 

She is the absolute bomb; I love her to bits. 

A fun fact about me: My daughter pointed out that I have been singing the wrong lyrics to Amy Winehouse’s song Valerie; I thought it was Lionel Ray.

Just quietly, I think my version is better.

My favourite things about this area: The natural beauty of this area, its community inclusiveness and that so many people come to have a holiday where I am fortunate enough to live. 

I am constantly inspired by the relaxed nature of coastal living.

What makes this area unique: Last year, when our local council was under threat of forced amalgamation, it was a revelation to see our community unite to keep our independence. 

Hearing the hours of heartfelt individual spoken submissions was a privilege and I believe unique. 

I feel so fortunate and proud to be part of a thoughtful, cohesive community. 

Guggisberg currently has work on display at the Beachside Emporium in Kiama.

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Is there a ‘local face’ you’d like to know more about?

Readers can send their nominations to for upcoming features.

-Brendan Crabb