True Stories: Gerry Foo – A family affair!

I’ve had experiences working in disability services on and off for a number of years and I keep coming back to it. I’m very drawn to the sector as I feel it is important to recognise individuals and give them a voice. It’s also a family affair as my husband also works in the sector and my children have had direct contact with it through volunteering. One of my daughters is also considering the sector as a career path.

For me, it all started when I graduated from high school and worked as a Teacher’s Aide at a special needs school in Singapore, where my aunty was the principal. After that experience I studied law and pracGerry-Foo_editedtised for a year. I then ran a series of businesses and migrated to Australia in 2004.

I got into the disability sector in Australia through volunteering at Sunshine 5 years ago, where I now work as the Fundraising and Community Engagement Manager. My initial volunteering role involved helping out with Sunshine’s annual art exhibition and then a position came up in their Community Access Program, working with clients who had high support needs.

Sunshine provides accommodation, employment and community support services for people with a disability. My current role includes things like managing events, producing our newsletter and being the first point of contact for media. My contact with our clients and staff comes through our day centre, which is located in the same building as my office. It’s good to still have that direct contact.

I want to stay in this sector for a long time to come and to continue to help augment the quality of life and experiences of people with intellectual disabilities.

Gerry Foo

Fundraising and Community Engagement Manager

Sunshine

 

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