Jake Brittain

Support Worker

What people like and admire most about me:

My can do attitude and sense of adventure.

Who I am and what’s important to me: 

Hi, I’m Jake I am 24 years old. In my free time I enjoy surfing, yoga, weightlifting photography and playing video games. After completing my university studies in 2019, I packed up my car and travelled across Australia. Whilst working in aged care in WA I discovered a passion for personal care, providing holistic care focussed on practical and emotional support to help people develop skills and confidence to thrive. I look forward to helping you achieve yours goals.

My experience and qualifications:

As a Registered Nurse my experience has proximately been focused in aged care and growing up in rural areas, I also have experience caring for animals and land.

Lilith Wallis

Support Worker

What people like and admire most about me:

I am kind-hearted and am always up for exploring new interests. I am honest, reliable and can remain calm under pressure, as well as attentive. I also love to have a laugh.

Who I am and what’s important to me:

I grew up in the suburbs of the greater Sydney region and moved to the Gold Coast nearly a decade ago in 2012. Some of my favourite pastimes involve being out and about. I enjoy a day at the beach, the botanical gardens, and roaming around the local art galleries and museums. I also appreciate relaxing activities like reading and watching movies. I will be more than happy to talk for hours about new and aged films. I was a high-achiever in school, but also loved playing a few team sports like basketball and netball with my friends. A balance between schoolwork and sport led me to appreciate the time I spent out in the community more and encouraged me to find a confidence I didn’t know I had.

My experience and qualifications:

Before becoming a support worker, I worked in a café as an all-rounder while at school. That position helped boost my confidence and self-esteem levels, and developed my interpersonal skills. In 2018, I completed a Certificate 4 in Crime and Justice. The opportunity being offered to me after performing well in legal studies and mooting (mock debating) as a coinciding course to my school subjects. I loved learning about the processes of the justice system, including its legal reporting practices. I am now studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Business, expected to finish late 2022/early 2023. I intend to undertake a Masters of Mental Health Practice to further support others in my community with a focus on psychosocial recovery coaching. I became a support worker because I’m passionate about helping people and want to support someone in achieving their goals.

Bonnie Lijewski

Support Worker

What people like and admire most about me:

I am a calm and kind natured person with a welcoming and open heart.

Who I am and what’s important to me: 

My family and I live out in the bush so our days are spent in the vege garden or regenerating the land with native trees. Most other times you will find me in my garden kitchen cooking up a storm, preparing delicious meals for my family and friends.

My early adult life was influenced greatly by my love and intrigue for Australian culture and history. This lead me to spending many years living and working in Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern territory; specialising in the disability sector for both children and adults.

Most of my life has been dedicated to helping others.

My experience and qualifications:

I have completed a certificate 3 in Children Services and used this extensively in an early childhood setting. I then studied a Certificate 3 in Phlebotomy to further my knowledge about dis-ease and ways we can prevent illness in community. This lead me to Certificate 3 in Individualised Support – my first and true love, helping support individuals and their families to achieve their goals.

My most challenging yet rewarding job is being a mum to my special needs son.

Stephanie West

Support Worker

What people like and admire most about me:

I am empathetic, bring a positive perspective and approach life with flexibility and adaptability.

Who I am and what is important to me:

I enjoy spending time with loved ones creating memories and taking on new challenges outside my comfort zone. I am constantly seeking out new opportunities and ways to grow myself so that I can get the most out of life. I love working with people to accomplish their goals, achieve the things they’ve only dreamed of and build a life they love.

My experience and qualifications:

I am currently completing a bachelor of commerce / bachelor of psychological science at Griffith University. My background varies across several industries, but I have always been relied upon to provide a positive human experience and compassionate understanding in each of my roles.

Michelle Coward

Support Worker

What people like and admire most about me:

I’m a calm, kind natured person with a large open heart. I’m always up for a challenge, fun, and plenty of laughs.

Who I am and what’s important to me: 

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m in my 50’s. My family are very important to me, as are my friends. My interests include water aerobics, swimming, walks, and reading. I also like to travel and explore new places. In my spare time I love to cook and spend time in the garden. I’ve been told by my friends and family that I am a sensational cook.

My experience and qualifications:

Becoming a support worker is new career path for me. I began working as a support worker in early 2020, and I am so fulfilled. With plenty of life experience, I have a lot of patience and lots of skills to share with those who would like to grow and learn. I am just about to complete my Certificate 3 in Hospitality. After this I am considering doing my Certificate 3 in Individualised Support.

Is This You?

Support Worker

Do you believe in every person having a sense of agency?

Do you know when to lead and when to learn?

Do you want to feel valued as part of a purpose driven team?

If so, My Foundations might be the team for you!

My Foundations is a community-based disability service provider committed to supporting the independence, social and economic participation of people with a disability. We do this by delivering services and supports that are strongly focused on maximising self-determination through goal development and capacity building, including psychosocial recovery. Support workers within our team require the aptitude and ability to co-develop person-centred plans, and to collaboratively build and implement strategies (including measuring outcomes) that assist people with achieving their individualised goals and objectives, in ways that are attainable and meaningful to the person.

If this is you, we would love to hear from you!