Stepping out of his comfort zone to achieve his goals is nothing new for Sam. Since he left school almost 10 years ago, the 29-year-old has been expanding his horizons in all sorts of ways.
As a long-term client of Centacare’s learning and development service at Wilston, Sam has forged a path to independence, engaging in new experiences and activities and extending himself with the support of a trusted team and the friends he has made.
He learned to cook as a way of expanding his tastes. “Trying new foods is a part of challenging myself,” said Sam. “I started to cook all kinds of things I’d never tried before, including fettuccine carbonara, satay skewers and fried rice.”
This year Sam completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and gained part-time employment as an Office Assistant at DDH Graham Limited, a financial services firm in Brisbane’s CBD. Sam has a range of general office duties at DDH and has been enthusiastically welcomed by the staff and admired for his dedication and enthusiasm.
It was a proud moment for Sam and his family when he stepped up on stage to receive the Harry Cusack Award at the 2018 Centacare HAND Awards. When Harry (one of HAND’s original clients) passed away, his wife created the award to celebrate people who step out of their comfort zone and try new things – people just like Sam. For more information about Centacare’s learning and development services,please contact your Service Delivery Manager or phone 1300 236 822.