Fiona finds a new calling
11th May 2022
Pictured: DAAP Coordinator Fiona in a RAAF jet on base, and posing with Nicholas from HELP's DAAP program.
Armed with a background in psychology, and a wealth of experience in the aged care sector Fiona decided to take on a new challenge and embark on a career in disability care with HELP. 3 years on, Fiona now heads up our Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) as Coordinator at Enoggera and Amberley base, working with the Australian Defence Force to provide new and exciting employment opportunities for people with disability.
Tell us a little about your background
Prior to working in the disability industry, I worked many years in aged care developing programs for secure dementia units and the nursing home as a whole. I developed behaviour management plans for advancing dementia to promote quality of life, the dignity of risk, and general well-being. I have a Bachelor of Psychology and love using these skills in my job to better understand my participants and staff. I have 2 wonderful sons (ok I am biased) and am happily married.
How long have you worked at HELP?
3 years and 2 months
What led you to join the HELP team?
To be of assistance to people with a disability and use the skills I have learned to benefit lives.
What are you most passionate about? What inspires you?
I am passionate about life, and everything I can learn from it. I am inspired by the greats of this world and I want to learn all I can. Life skills, psychology, sociology, philosophy, biology....yep I’m a nerd :)
On the weekend you’ll find me......watching a serial killer documentary, and eating chocolate ice cream.
What’s the best part of the job?
Being of service to others.
What’s your favourite HELP memory?
Giving cuddles to the Defence pups. I adore animals and the valuable service they also provide to our Australian Defence Force.
What are your plans for the future? What are you most looking forward to?
Being the best version of me, constantly improving my knowledge and skills, and growing old gracefully.
3 fun facts about me.
- I am half Samoan
- I love animals and at one stage had 2 cats, a dog, a snake, a lizard, and two turtles,
- I love playing PS5 games.
If you could invite any three people to dinner living or dead who would they be?
Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Carl Jung.
What’s your secret talent?
Snake catcher and relocator.
Favourite place in the world?
Anywhere my children are.
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Interested in a future with HELP?