Young Baldivis woman helped into employment dream by Bizlink Rockingham


Dannika Mann (centre) with Caitlyn Johnson, Sylvia Inotu, Pastor Carolann Kelleher, Tony Wrobluskie, James Hamilton, Rebecca Phair, Manimozhi Jothinathann and Kayla Evans. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d480712
Dannika Mann (centre) with Caitlyn Johnson, Sylvia Inotu, Pastor Carolann Kelleher, Tony Wrobluskie, James Hamilton, Rebecca Phair, Manimozhi Jothinathann and Kayla Evans. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d480712

A FOCUS on service above self has resulted in a young Baldivis woman with cerebral palsy getting a start in her dream career.

Dannika Mann was concerned her condition may pose barriers to getting a foothold into the world of childcare.

“The love of children, getting to teach children and help them to do the right thing is why I wanted a career in childcare,” she said.

Two dedicated disability support workers, Tony Wrobluskie and James Hamilton, picked up on Dannika’s passion.

With their support she gained work at Wellard Early Learning and OSHC Centre.

“I had a contact in childcare, who I knew would be supportive, Pastor Carolann (Kelleher),” Mr Wrobluskie said.

“Dannika attended an interview and was successful due to her work experience and determination.

“Dannika has worked hard every shift and has risen above the challenges faced and has gone on to secure a traineeship.

“This will give her a Childcare qualification and a career.

“Dannika is a testament to overcoming barriers to employment – many of which are based on stereotypes and misconceptions.”

Mr Hamilton worked closely with Dannika and Pastor Kelleher to ensure practical support was provided over the past nine months.

He gave advice on tailoring tasks to suit Dannika’s needs while ensuring the employer’s quality and quantity expectations were met.

It was a positive experience for employer Pastor Kelleher.

“It’s about Dannika – she has an aptitude with children but its also about how we have supported her,” she said.

“My vision is to employ young girls so they can have a future and get a job.

“I take on trainees. I believe you should look for the ability and lose the disability.”

Mr Wrobluskie and Mr Hamilton work for not-for-profit disability employment service, Bizlink in Rockingham.

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