A life of giv­ing to oth­ers

Dubbo Photo News - - Community Event - By NATALIE HOLMES

DEI­DRE Miller once worked with Mother Teresa and has taken her life’s phi­los­o­phy from spend­ing time with the well-known hu­man­i­tar­ian in Cal­cutta.

“She was the most spir­i­tual per­son and taught me to give un­con­di­tion­ally,” Ms Miller ex­plained.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally made me aware and it opened my eyes to how other cul­tures lived and the poverty and how lucky we are in Aus­tralia.”

On the same trip, she also met Julia Roberts, long be­fore the ac­tor’s Eat Pray Love jour­ney.

“She was work­ing there in the or­phan­age; I was work­ing in the nurs­ing home. It was af­ter she broke up with Kiefer Suther­land. She was nice, just like any nor­mal per­son.”

Ms Miller’s job in In­dia was part of a back-pack­ing trip taken in her late 20s, af­ter es­tab­lish­ing her nurs­ing ca­reer.

“As soon as I left school, I started nurs­ing. I have al­ways wanted to nurse. I love help­ing peo­ple, it’s in my heart.”

For the past 11 years, Ms Miller has been work­ing in aged care, and is the Aged Care Fund­ing Co­or­di­na­tor at Dubbo’s Orana Gar­dens.

“I do all the assess­ments and put to­gether a pack­age to get fund­ing,” she ex­plained.

Ms Miller also spent 24 years as the man­ager of Welling­ton Civic Cen­tre, where she shared many en­joy­able mo­ments with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“There were spe­cial days, with wed­dings and deb balls, I en­joyed mak­ing things as nice as I could.

“I’ve worked with a lot of the com­mit­tees in town,” she told Dubbo Photo News.

There were also some sad times and mem­o­rable mo­ments.

“I will never for­get 20 guys in my of­fice watch­ing the Grand Fi­nal dur­ing a wed­ding re­cep­tion! I will also re­mem­ber the re­ally spe­cial peo­ple that have passed away and were farewelled there.”

Ms Miller now has a ca­sual po­si­tion at the venue, and rel­ishes both of her roles.

“I love both jobs as I en­joy the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion as well as a chal­lenge and love work­ing hard.”

And when she’s not work­ing, travel and ad­ven­ture play a ma­jor part in her life.

“I love ad­ven­ture and look­ing at beau­ti­ful scenery.

“I have climbed the An­na­purna trek in the Hi­malayas, I have climbed vol­ca­noes, I love wa­ter ski­ing and scuba div­ing. The Gulf of Thai­land is bet­ter than the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“I make the most of ev­ery­thing. If you want to see it hap­pen, you just make it hap­pen. Don’t put it off.”

Af­ter trips to Nepal, In­done­sia, In­dia and Thai­land, Ms Miller is plan­ning for Bali this year and Canada in 2020.

“One of my favourite say­ings is: ‘Life’s jour­ney is not to ar­rive at the grave safely in a well pre­served body, but rather to skid in side­ways, to­tally worn out, shout­ing holy... what a ride!’

“I know life is too short so don’t live with re­grets.”

Dei­dre Miller’s ca­reer has seen her work­ing along­side fa­mous peo­ple, work­ing in aged care, and man­ag­ing Welling­ton Civic Cen­tre. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/SOPHIA ROUSE

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