Dream ca­reer found

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A FO­CUS on ser­vice above self has re­sulted in a young Baldivis woman with cere­bral palsy get­ting a start in her dream ca­reer.

Dan­nika Mann was con­cerned her con­di­tion might pose bar­ri­ers to get­ting a foothold into the world of child­care.

“The love of chil­dren, get­ting to teach chil­dren and help them to do the right thing is why I wanted a ca­reer in child­care,” she said.

Two ded­i­cated dis­abil­ity sup­port work­ers, Tony Wrob­luskie and James Hamil­ton, picked up on Dan­nika’s pas­sion. With their sup­port she gained work at Wel­lard Early Learn­ing and OSHC Cen­tre.

“I had a con­tact in child­care, ROCK­ING­HAM Pas­tor Carolann (Kelle­her), who I knew would be sup­port­ive,” Mr Wrob­luskie said.

“Dan­nika at­tended an in­ter­view and was suc­cess­ful due to her work ex­pe­ri­ence and deter­mi­na­tion.

“Dan­nika has worked hard ev­ery shift and has risen above the chal­lenges faced and has gone on to se­cure a trainee­ship.

“This will give her a Child­care qual­i­fi­ca­tion and a ca­reer.

“Dan­nika is a tes­ta­ment to over­com­ing bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment, many of which are based on stereo­types and mis­con­cep­tions.”

Mr Hamil­ton worked closely with Dan­nika and Pas­tor Kelle­her to en­sure prac­ti­cal sup­port was pro­vided over the past nine months.

He gave ad­vice on tai­lor­ing tasks to suit Dan­nika’s needs while en­sur­ing the em­ployer’s qual­ity and quan­tity ex­pec­ta­tions were met.

It was a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for Pas­tor Kelle­her.

“It’s about Dan­nika – she has an ap­ti­tude with chil­dren but it’s also about how we have sup­ported her,” she said.

“My vi­sion is to em­ploy young girls so they can have a fu­ture and get a job.

“I be­lieve you should look for the abil­ity and lose the dis­abil­ity.”

Mr Wrob­luskie and Mr Hamil­ton work for not-for-profit dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment ser­vice Bi­zlink in Rock­ing­ham. d480712

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Dan­nika Mann (in the mid­dle in front) with (from left): Cait­lyn John­son, Sylvia Inotu, Pas­tor Carolann Kelle­her, Tony Wrob­luskie, James Hamil­ton, Re­becca Phair, Man­i­mozhi Jothinathann and Kayla Evans.

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