Support Staff of the Month
Goulburn Options is proud to employ over 60 qualified, dedicated, and hard-working support staff. Together with our Administration Team, Goulburn Options Support Staff endeavour each and every day to see our participants reach their "biggest lives possible."
Each month, this page will feature three members of our excellent team, so keep checking back to meet them all!
After graduating from Teacher’s College in the early 1970s, Rob moved from Sydney to teach Aboriginal children at Maningrida on the Central North Coast of Arnhem Land. Those 3 years shaped his life. He then journeyed to Melbourne to be qualified as a teacher of the deaf. For 3 years he taught at Glendonald School for the Deaf in Kew.
Rob then left Kew for Flowerdale, where he set up Mintos Park Stud at the very top of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. He then taught for a year at Strath Creek; the one teacher of just 12 children. At the time a friend advised Rob to apply for the manager’s position at the Dame Pattie Menzies Centre, the CEO position at Goulburn Options was also advertised. Rob successfully applied for both jobs, but ultimately chose DPMC because he knew Alexandra well. He then spent 28 years running DPMC and building it up into a highly successful Disability Support Service.
Following his resignation from DPMC, Rob came to Goulburn Options to deliver Day Programs.
“If you do what you enjoy doing, then it’s not work! Meal preparation, guitar-playing music, radio shows, and swimming coaching.” More than ten years has flown by. Rob balances working at Goulburn Options with running his thoroughbred racehorse stud. He says that there are a few vital points to being a Disability Support Worker. “Less is more, more is less. Don't take over. We encourage participants to live as independently as they can and want to. Don’t do things for participants. Create the environment for them to do it themselves.”
Kerryn had just arrived from Adelaide with her husband and their menagerie of four dogs and five cats, all landing in Tallarook. She didn’t know a soul! Kerryn had been doing Disability Employment work and home-based care with a variety of clients in Adelaide, and continued to seek similar work once in Victoria, but found herself feeling isolated, and missing her Adelaide clientele and friends far more than she had expected. She began searching for a place where she could further her skills and make some community connections – and found Goulburn Options.
After speaking to the CEO, she was encouraged to put in her resume and a few weeks later, found herself in the Goulburn Options Palace, surrounded by noise and activity, and wondering how on earth she would remember everybody’s names.
“I found so much more than just a job when I found GO. It gave me a base to begin making links in Seymour, faces in the street that I recognised, and began to make the Goulburn Valley feel like home. I have seen so much change and growth in the organisation since, but with all the growth, the very personal approach to supporting participants is still the centre of everything we do. I love that as an individual you can always put an idea forward and be heard. I am so happy to be a part of the amazing team that makes GO special. I always look forward to seeing what happens next. It’s great to be a part of it.”