In a nice turn of events, Brightwater’s Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Wendy Delahoy-Bianchi, joined Brightwater 14 years ago as a volunteer.
Her employment began as a six week stint as a therapy assistant at our Madeley residential aged care site, which turned into a nine year posting. She then accepted a 12 month secondment to develop Brightwater At home services volunteer program, and was later appointed as our volunteer coordinator.
“I love the people at Brightwater – particularly the residents and clients and their inspiring life stories,” said Wendy.
“I also appreciate the flexible and supportive workplace, and the excellent training available to staff.”
James Blaye says empowering residents to reach their goals is one of the most satisfying aspects of his role as a multi-skilled disability support worker and lifestyle coordinator at our Marangaroo site.
“I feel like I’m making a difference in my interaction with residents. Every day I help residents identify what they can do for themselves. I might help them with personal grooming or accompany them to an appointment,” said James.
“It is very rewarding to see an improvement in a resident’s condition, or to hear their laughter,” he said.
“There is a lot of mutual respect and support between staff at Brightwater, and we have clear policies, procedures and guidelines that make our job easier.
“We also have good access to training, for example cultural awareness training, that’s important in our workplace,” said James.
Stephen Gwilliams is Brightwater At Home – Currambine’s administration assistant, with responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of client funding and accounts.
Originally from Liverpool in the UK, Stephen has a varied background, which includes starting a jockey apprenticeship, completing a media production degree, and playing in a band.
He says Brightwater is a positive and multicultural workplace, with great management.
“I felt like I fitted in as soon as I started at Brightwater. Everyone is friendly and always keen to help each other out,” said Stephen.
When Marysia Misan took her first look at Brightwater’s Kingsley residential aged care facility, she knew Brightwater was where she wanted to work.
Seventeen years later, and now working at the Madeley site, the registered nurse hasn’t lost the passion for her job.
“After emigrating from Poland, my first job interview in Western Australia was at Brightwater and my first impression was the lovely home environment of the facility and the warm welcome I received from staff,” she said.
Marysia divides her time between nursing duties and on-site training, which includes Foodsafe, medication competency, dysphagia and fire and emergency training, as well as new staff orientation. She also coordinates Madeley’s respite admissions as well as the palliative care and vaccination portfolios.
“I highly recommend Brightwater as an employer. Staff are given good support and training, and if you’re a loving, caring person, then a nursing role at Brightwater is a great career choice,” she said.
Belinda Veary is a social worker at our Brightwater Oats Street rehabilitation facility for people who have experienced an acquired brain injury (ABI).
Her role is to provide a broad range of practical and emotional assistance to clients and their families. This includes providing information, support and advocacy about navigating the ‘system’, finances, decision-making matters, funding, access to services and emotional adjustment.
“I was attracted to the particular nature of the social worker role, but I also appreciated that Brightwater’s organisational values are well-matched to my own personal values,” said Belinda.
“We have a positive, pro-active and uplifting work culture at Oats Street and our team is passionate, supportive and collaborative. That is really great for our clients as it supports their rehabilitation process.”