True Stories: Tennille Owen – My first official employment!

Tenneille OwensI have been working as an Administrative Assistant for the Sport and Recreation Services department of The Disability Trust since August 2011. So far I have found it very enjoyable. My fellow colleagues in the service have been helpful with every aspect of the job from filing, photocopying and mailing. This is my first official office employment, after finishing my Certificate II in Business (I’m still studying Certificate III in Business Administration).

I was a little wary walking in but everyone has been very friendly, encouraging and understanding.

I have always wanted to do something to help the community, especially people who are disadvantaged in some way, but I always thought it would be very hard and stressful because of my mental health issues. However working with Sport and Recreation Services I have felt at ease and confident in my work. I love knowing I am doing something to help people with disabilities. I feel like a part of a fun team that a working towards a common goal.

The Disability Trust’s motto is ‘…creating an inclusive world’ and I feel this is true for the organisation’s clients, employees and the community.

Along with my usual office duties I have helped out with office jobs for the various sports like Rugby, Cricket, Basketball, Tennis and Sports Ready as well helping sort out kits for camp. I also help pack and deliver equipment for vocational programs, help at charity fundraising events such as the Ray White Charity Golf Day and Kids Fund Race Day.

Whenever I have a question the other staff are always more than happy to answer and show me how to do something I am not familiar with.

I have learnt various office skills as well as about the wonderful programs The Disability Trust has. I am comfortable in the work environment and within myself.

My whole experience has been very rewarding and I hope to continue it.

Tennille Owen

Administration Assistant

The Disbility Trust

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