Acting Regional Coordinator
“There are no guarantees in this life but I firmly believe that persistence and those that keep on trying are those that prevail. We only fail when we give up. Like Winston Churchill once said, “…we shall never, never, never give up”! “
David began his career in legal practice, providing legal defence in criminal courts, working alongside barristers in the Crown Courts and within the civil litigation department. This gave David a strong foundation where he was able to provide recourse for people where there was a perceived injustice. David then moved on to teaching and worked in the training arena, where he delivered vocational qualifications and assessed competency in the workplace. He delivered Customer Service and Business administration qualifications from the awarding body Oxford Cambridge and the Royal Society of Arts, which involved the improvement of literacy and numeracy in the students that were not in employment or further education. David joined EPIC Assist in early 2017 and describes himself as a kind person who has a lot of time for people who ask for help and advice on making improvements in their own personal journey David is skilled in writing and speaking on behalf of others when given clear instructions on what is the desired outcome.
Senior Employment Advisor
“Failure is not an option. Never tried. Never failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Shane joined EPIC in January 2022. His connection to disability began in high school where he was part of an integration team that set up communication systems for students with disability that were unable to type. He’s previously worked as a local youth leader and volunteered at the Salvo’s playing in a bad with the elderly. After leaving the military, Shane still wanted to work with community services so decided to join EPIC. The most rewarding part of the job for him is the tanks you get from participants when you have helped them get a job. He loves making a difference in the lives of others and hearing from participants when they tell you that they felt you listened and found them a job they love.
“The 3 C’s of life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life never change.”
Summa has been working for 10 years in the community services industry. She strongly believes that everyone deserves to be treated equally and have the same opportunities. Summa loves working in a team, achieving goals together and independently. Previously part of EPIC Northern NSW team in Grafton, Summa moved to Brisbane in 2021 and joined the team at Indooroopilly.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Lis has previously worked as a Lifeline telephone counsellor, in housing and homelessness, and also for RSPCA. Lis only just joined the EPIC Indooroopilly team in 2022 and loves the ethos of the organisation and working alongside such passionate, fun, and caring teammates. Lis also runs an animal rescue when she is not at work, and has six beautiful doggos she shares her home with.
“Be stronger than your excuses.”
Shannan joined EPIC in November 2021. She comes to EPIC with previous experience as a mental health support worker. Her favourite part about working at EPIC is the meaningful connection you make with participants and the joy they get when they receive their first paycheck.
Mental Health Consultant
“Be part of the solution, not the problem.”
Ashleigh is skilled and experience at working with challenging behaviours and barriers with the community. She has experience with everything from a Swimming Coach that included specialised classes for children with sensory barriers, a Primary School Coordinator focusing on behaviour and disability support, an Employment Consultant within Disability Employment Services and also a Mental Health Consultant. Ashleigh believes everyone has the right to be independent and financially secure. She sees helping others as her purpose in life and the most rewarding part of her job is the feeling that she has made a difference in someone’s life. She enjoys collaboratively assisting participants into understanding their self and others in new ways, identifying what their barriers are, what holds them back, what drives them and more importantly what their goals are.
“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
Dia joined EPIC in May 2022. She brings to EPIC her previous experience working in DES and a background as a mental helath support worker. She enjoys working in a supportive environment where everyone works together as a team to make positive impact and change in the community. Dia is committed to building something larger for the greater wellbeing of her participants. She gives each and every participant 110% by guiding and motivating them, and providing empathy, compassion, and undying support. She loves seeing participants smile and watching them grow to reach their full potential. In her spare time, Dia likes to work out at the gym and spend time outdoors hiking and kayaking.
EPIC disability employment services in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay
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