Jolleen celebrates 15 years at Woolworths and counting

Monday, 28 June 2021

What began as a small job in 2006 has evolved into a 15-year EPIC journey for Woolworths Narangba employee Jolleen.

This month, Jolleen celebrated 15 years working at the store. The team at Woolworths threw a party for the long-term employee to recognise her achievements and mark the momentous occasion.

Over the last 15 years, Jolleen has become somewhat of a star at the store, with many customers seeking out her friendly smile so they can say hello. Even more, she’s become a model for people with Down syndrome, proving to local businesses how much employees with Down syndrome have to offer.

Alongside her sister, Catherine, Jolleen has worked in many departments during her time at Woolworths, from restocking shelves to preparing biscuits in the bakery.

Two women with Down syndrome prepare cookies in the Woolworths bakery
Jolleen with her sister, Catherine, working in the bakery on her 10th anniversary at Woolworths.

During every shift, an EPIC Assist support worker works beside Jolleen to assist her to complete her tasks for the day. Ryan Vogler, one of Jolleen’s support workers, says the job has transformed her independence in both the workplace and life.

“Jolleen has grown in leaps and bounds since she first started at Woolies all those years back,” said Ryan.

“It’s been amazing to see her confidence and independence continue to build. She’s always happy to be there, and that happiness is contagious.”

Ryan says it’s her loyalty, kindness, and commitment to excellent customer service that has kept her working at the store for so many years.

“She’s an incredibly valued member of the Woolworths family. 15 years is no small feat, and her dedication to the job always shines through.”

“She does a spectacular job, and the customers love her.”

Her sister, Catherine, will celebrate her 15th anniversary at Woolworths Narangba next year.

If you like Jolleen have a disability, injury, mental health condition, or health condition and are looking for work, get in touch with us today.

Jolleen holds flowers out the front of Woolworths
Jolleen loves her job at Woolworths and is looking forward to another 15 years.

Related articles