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Marriott Volunteer awarded Westfield Local Hero

By Jennifer Lumsden, August 13 2018

Helen with husband Dan, at the announcement.

We are delighted that Helen Romanis, is a recipient of Westfield Local Heroes award, as announced today.

Helen started volunteering with Marriott Support Services 5 years ago and filled a number of different roles. For the last 2 years, Helen has volunteered with the Certificate in Transition Education students.

Helen’s support in class enables the students to get more out of the learning experience, for example supporting them to express their ideas and questions, organising projects and with writing and group activities. Here are some examples.

Susan has mild shaking in her hands and found writing really difficult and frustrating. Helen sourced a pen that reduces the impact of shaking and for Susan this has lead to restoring her confidence and pride in her work.

Zoe, a young woman in the class, is thrilled with the improvement in her writing skills with Helen’s support. It has been a huge confidence boost to Zoe as she explains, ‘I am so proud of my writing now.’

For Danny, who did not know how to approach the bank to deposit his jars full of coins, it was Helen who worked with Danny about what to say to the bank teller and Danny has now been several times successfully to the bank.

Each of these examples underlines the way Helen works with others to build their capacity to be independent and part of the community.
Helen, you are a worthy recipient, and we are so thankful for your contribution to the lives of people at Marriott Support Services.

Marriott Support Services supports people with intellectual disability to lead connected, healthy and independent lives through a wide range of employment, training, volunteering and recreation supports.

 Helen and Dan with Marriott CEO Janine Simpkin.

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