9 February 2017
Olivia: Pursuing Her Career Aspirations & Making a Positive Impact on the Lives of Others – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford
When you first meet Olivia, you are first taken in by her warm friendly smile and her bubbly and happy personality. The next thing you will notice is her enthusiasm and passion.
During her time as an Interchange Australia client, Olivia has made many friends and engaged in a variety of activities including peer support outings and participation in our music program as a member of The Hidden Wonders band.
Olivia loves to help people and her career aspiration is to become a support worker.
With the assistance of Interchange Australia, Olivia is working towards her career goal. Last year, Olivia began volunteering at a nursing home in the Southern Highlands, providing support to residents. After a short period of time, it became apparent what a great asset Olivia was to all of the residents.
Olivia has been supported by Interchange Australia staff during her volunteer work who have helped her to take on more responsibilities over time. Olivia’s confidence in this role has increased and the residents eagerly await the days she attends. The staff and management at the nursing home valued Olivia’s help so much, that they presented her with a certificate of thanks. Olivia has a great ability in making the day feel brighter and lighter for all the people she cares for.
Inspired by her volunteer work at the nursing home, Olivia was determined to volunteer more time to assist others. Following a very successful interview with the management of another local nursing home, she was accepted as a volunteer and she now attends this home one day per week. Olivia was ecstatic to be able to increase the amount of volunteering she could do and the joy and laughter that Olivia displayed at the good news delighted everyone at Interchange Australia. Olivia loves assisting with the singing group and will be helping at their café too when it is completed.
Olivia is living her dream and making a positive contribution to all of the residents she assists. Congratulations Olivia on pursuing your goals and making such a positive impact on so many peoples lives.