Esmee commenced at OC Connections in November 2017. She works with prospective and current participants and their families to negotiate the NDIS and explore the best disability support services available to them.
Role: Engagement Co-ordinator
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Disability, Bachelor of Theology, Grauate Diploma in Sociology, Diploma in Leadership and Management
What did you do before working in the disability sector?
I have always worked in disability from the moment I finished high school.
What attracted you to join the disability sector?
My father contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome which resulted in him requiring a wheel chair and assistance. Supporting him made me realise that I wanted to continue in a role that helped other’s with disabilities and made a difference to society.
What are the highlights of your role at OC Connections?
I get caught up in the excitement of our participants and families when they see what opportunities are out there for them. Seeing them then take these opportunities and run with them is even more of a buzz.
The culture at OC Connections is very inclusive and warm. The staff here know the challenges that they face in this sector, but they do it with a smile on their face.
What are the key challenges of your role?
With the sector in such a state of change at present a lot of participants and families are feeling overwhelmed and anxious. My role is to help them navigate their way through this change and ease some of the anxiety. I hope they feel that in OC Connections and me, they have someone in their corner to go on this journey with them.
From the feedback I have received, our participants and families feel a sense of support from OCC, which is fantastic.