July 24, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
Chris currently works in the Environmental team at Arcare Maroochydore and he has made it his mission to form firm friendships with both clients and team members.
‘In this industry I work in, I use this opportunity to have that friendship with the residents by having a chat with them,’
‘I’m very social, I like having a chat and people feel like they’ve known me for years,’ he says.
After obtaining a Business Education degree in Nigeria, Chris moved to Australia in 2015 as an international student to study Social Work at the University of Sunshine Coast.
Back home, he was also very involved in youth work and volunteering at Red Cross, so it was natural for him to start his journey in social work.
‘When I do my job, I do it as if I’m cleaning my grandmother or grandfather’s room and it makes them happy,’ he says.
‘It’s not just about working, but how you impact the lives of the residents and bring smiles to their faces.’
Besides moving to Australia for his career, Chris is also pursuing his football career and making a name for himself in the local community.
He started at local league Kawana and Caloundra before catching the eye of QLD Premiere League, Sunshine Coast Fire.
In 2019, he was invited to deliver a presentation for over 50’s women’s group Centaclub, who were interested in celebrating Chris’ country and culture.
‘It’s important to share the good stories and the better side of every country and culture,’ he shares.
Arcare Maroochydore has supported team members like Chris, who come from all walks of life by enabling opportunities to celebrate their personal skills and professional development.
‘Studying social work and working in this environment will help my career path,’ Chris says.
And he is now looking forward to completing his placement at the Arcare Maroochydore residence, surrounded by the people he knows and cares.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.