My Mum was diagnosed with terminal Stage 4 lung cancer in March 2012. After watching Mum deteriorate over the course of 6 months we said goodbye to her a few days after Christmas on December 30th 2012.
One of Mum’s last wishes was for my sister and I to finish high school and be the first of our family of 5 to get our HSC. She’d always told us that if you wanted to create opportunities for yourself you needed an education. I’d dropped out of school in year 10, but I told her I’d go back for her. We made a promise, knowing that she wasn’t going to be around to see us graduate. I said to my sister:
As a result of going back to School I meet Kelly Gittins from NovaSkill. Kelly was the first to ask me an important question
I started at CHESS on the 13th of November 2013 for 1 day per week while I continued my studies. During this time I honed my skills in customer service and office work. I continued in this role for 2 years until I completed my Higher School Certificate.
After I finished school the incredible Senior Management Team took a chance with me and I was promoted to a full time Administration Assistant. For me, this was an amazing feeling of accomplishment and validation for all the hard work I’d put in.
I’ve been working at CHESS for over 3 years now. During this time I went on to complete Cert IV in Community Services while working on the job. I’ve been promoted to the full time role of Employment Consultant – helping people of our local community find sustainable and fulfilling employment – a role that I believe brings me full circle. I asked CHESS for help when I needed it and CHESS came through and now I get to return the favour and support others in reaching their own goals.
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