Even more important than her volunteer work is Gillian’s dedication to local business.

Which was why she was there for the opening of Salisbury’s most well-known success stories, The LONGKO Salon, owned by Marcela Lastra.

Marcela is an energetic and passionate young mum and entrepreneur. She’s also an ambassador for Hairaid an organization which helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth in the Philippines, by providing them with training and employment in the hair industry.

LONGKO is just one of the many booming small businesses in the Salisbury area.

And it proves that anyone who has lost their faith in the employment system or those who are sick of being on welfare can seize the opportunities around them and start a venture that provides an income.