WITH more than 330,000 meals to her name, nobody would be surprised if Stella Lindsay decided she never wanted to see the inside of a kitchen again.
But Ms Lindsay, who has just celebrated her 25th anniversary at St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, loves nothing more than throwing on an apron and cooking a delicious meal for those who visit the centre.
Starting at St Patrick’s in 1989 alongside her mother and three sisters, Ms Lindsay has cooked and served more meals than she can remember.
‘My mum wanted to give back in the only way that she knew how, by helping those less fortunate by cooking a hearty meal,’ she said.
‘She was one of eight siblings and was raised in an orphanage, after her mother passed away at a young age. As they had missed out on the warmth, compassion, love and nutritious meals that are characteristic of what St Pat’s provides, she wanted to make sure others didn’t.’
Ms Lindsay said there had been many memorable moments and highlights during her time at St Pat’s and that she was looking forward to many more.
‘I have many great memories, but the major highlight was having the opportunity to work alongside Brother Hannick, St Pat’s founder, for nearly 15 years,’ she said.
‘The other one would be spending Christmas Days with clients, many of whom do not have a family, whereas I can go home and spend the rest of the day with my own.’
Visit www.stpats.com.au for more information on St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.