Tim follows his passion
17th August 2021
Pictured: Tim, Accommodation Service Manager at HELP Disability Care.
Fed up and tired of working for 'the man' Tim ditched his retail job in favour of a more community-minded path - a decision that would change the course of his life forever. Now over 20 years on, Tim continues to support and empower people with disability, working with the HELP team to turn dreams into reality.
We caught up with Tim to reflect on his time in the industry, his passions, and his beloved pup Baby Bear.
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
My career in disability started at the age of 10 years old when my parents owned and ran an accommodation facility called “Sonora Park”. After leaving school I worked in what we used to call back in the good old days a “ Record Bar” and several other retail type roles. After doing this for a few years I decided I needed a change and decided to enter the world of Disability Support. I worked for quite a few NGO’s (Non-Government Organisations) but spent around 17 years working for the Department of Communities as a Residential Care Officer. After having spent so long with the department I got itchy feet and wanted a change so I decided to complete a “Diploma of Disability”. Once this was completed I resigned from my position with the department and started working in Disability Management until eventually, I found myself in my current position.
What inspired you to pursue a career in disability care?
My inspiration to move into our current sector was pretty simple. I got tired of working in retail where I was simply part of an organisation that drained money out of people. I wanted a career where I would be able to add to the community in a positive way and enjoy what I was doing. The memories of how I grew up at Sonora Park were always pleasant ones so I decided that I would try Disability Support as a career and here I am several decades later, still enjoying what I do and still gaining enjoyment from watching the people we support working towards and achieving their goals.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my role is when my team and I are able to help people make their dreams come true. When you see a great big beaming smile on someone’s face you know you have made the right choice. There is nothing more valuable than witnessing someone who has identified what their dream is than to watch them reach out, grab it and make it happen.
Pictured: HELP's Accommodation Service Manager Tim with participant Nikki.
What are you most passionate about? What inspires you?
I am passionate about a lot of stuff really, to choose one is way too difficult but I'd say that I’m most passionate about equality in all forms. We as humans are all created equal regardless of intellectual capacity, sexuality, race, or gender.
On the weekend you’ll find me......
On the weekend you might find me doing a number of things - enjoying playing my piano, watching a movie, or working on the restoration of my 1880’s house, Carlyle. Whatever it is I am doing you can rest assured that my little dog Baby Bear will be there right beside me.
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