Working in a hotel was not where Eric expected to find himself. After years of working as a courier driver, he was more at home behind the wheel.
But in May 2021 he experienced a stroke, meaning he was required to give up his driver’s license. It was a big blow for Eric; not only did he have to recover his health but he also had to find new means of earning an income.
Late last year Centrelink referred him to the Forrest Personnel’s Disability Employment Service team in Rockingham, and it wasn’t too long before he was working again.
Eric is now working at the Quest Fremantle hotel, in a role that includes everything from housekeeping to maintenance. He works part-time – four hours a day, five days a week.
“I have never done this before, it’s a bit of a challenge for me – it’s good,” he says. “It was hard when I lost my license…but Forrest Personnel were really helpful, they really helped me to get back into the workforce.”
Eric’s manager Heide Lim Alania speaks very highly of Eric. “He is a real multitasker – he is amazing.
We would like to have him here all the time!” she says.“Everybody loves him – he is a good team member to have on board.”