Kesaree changes careers

Image of Kerasee in her work uniform

Kesaree charts a new career path

In 2017 49-year-old Thai born Kesaree launched her new career as a carer for people with dementia. Kesaree came to Australia in 2003. Since then she’s worked on farms, in kitchens and as a cleaner, including a stint of Fly in Fly out (FIFO) work on a mine. Adaptable, hardworking and resilient, Kesaree has depression and from time to time she lives with acute anxiety.

Kesaree joined Forrest Personnel in Rockingham in 2015. Over the past three years, we’ve helped and admired her as a dedicated working mother coping with illness and family separation.  When she wasn’t well enough to combine work with caring for her son, we supported Kesaree to complete a computer course at SMYL Community Services and volunteer at Baptist Care as a community visitor.

Last year she graduated in Certificate III in Individual Support delivered by Australian Employment and Training Services.  Kesaree’s training included a work placement with the dementia care facility Gordon Lodge run by the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA). As a result of her successful work placement, RAAFA offered Kesaree a permanent part time position as a carer for the residents of Rose Cottage.

Kesaree loves her job and the part it plays in her balanced rewarding life. When she’s not working, Kesaree loves spending time with her son, sharing their favourite fun thing – fishing.