As part of the Meet our Achievers series in recent editions, we have been getting to know the team working at AchievAble Enterprises to share their stories, passions and dreams for the future. This time we sat down with Louisa – a passionate and caring young woman who has worked with Achieve Australia for 17 years.
Over this time Louisa has worked on many different projects to further develop her skills including on site at the Department of Industries, Finsbury Green and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
As part of Achieve Australia’s new collaborative project with Finsbury Green, Louisa is one of two employees who work at the national company’s Greenacre premises on a weekly basis. She says one of the best things about going to work at Finsbury is the people.
“The staff are kind and friendly,” says Louisa. “I like the work I do at Finsbury, I enjoy putting things together like books and flyers into folders.”
AchievAble Enterprise’s Operations Manager, Leanne Larche, says that Louisa is a very valuable member of the team who loves to help others. “Louisa always puts in 100% at work and has a very friendly and caring nature,” says Leanne. “She is always helping others and loves to listen to the radio, singing along to her favourite song while getting the job done.”
Leanne went on to say that Louisa is also passionate about taking up new opportunities. “Louisa likes to learn new things and is one of the first to put her hand up to help with a new job that comes in,” she says.
In 2018, Louisa took up a unique opportunity to volunteer as part of Spectator Services at the Invictus Games in Sydney. At the event, she was paired up with other volunteers to help people attending find their way around the various venues. Louisa says she really enjoyed meeting lots of different people at the games. “We met some soldiers and got photos with them. That was really cool, I loved the soldiers,” says Louisa.
Paul, Louisa’s dad, sees first hand many of the benefits that she gets from going to work and actively participating in the community. “Going to work helps Louisa use her skills and gain new skills,” says Paul. “She enjoys going to Newington and Finsbury Green, she is happy and likes going to work.”
But it’s not all about work for Louisa. In her spare time she loves watching ballet and movies like The Wizard of Oz and likes going out bowling with friends.
When asked what she would like to do in the future, Louisa revealed that she would like to keep learning new things and further develop her passion for dance. “I would like to learn something different one day, like tap dancing or ballet,” she says with a smile.