Parents: Dr George Menezes (Retired
GP) and Diana Menezes (ex-nurse)
Siblings: Sister Helen Menezes
(ex teacher now Director of the Cedar Centre) and
brother Simon Menezes (computer technician).
Aunt: Anne Menezes (retired Professor
of English at St Xavier's College, Mapusa).
Goa links: Father was born in Goa.
His family lived mainly in Calcutta but they had
a holiday home in Aldona where all the children
Career: She used to be a professional
dancer and travelled the world dancing for approximately
eight years. Then she worked in local government
for ten years in Leisure and Education and now she
works as Employment and Training Worker at the Cedar
Her job involves helping people to create CVs,
fill in application forms, interview coaching etc.
She works with a lot of people who do not have English
as their first language and so need to have help
with language and confidence. She also works with
English people who do not have a high standard of
literacy and might need extra help. There are people
from many countries using the centre, Bengalis,
Indians, Goans, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Turkish,
Moroccan etc etc. Amanda likes talking to people
and getting to know them so her job is ideal for
Hobbies: She recently became a
qualified yoga teacher so she teaches and practices
yoga herself. Amanda is interested in health and
keeping fit. She enjoys reading and travelling and
eating out, going to concerts and exhibitions and
generally having a good social life as well as enjoying
free time by herself to relax and recharge her body.