Without OTEN my family and I wouldn’t have a future so bright.
In 2009 a fire at a business beside my husbands business caused an unforeseen chain of events that changed not just the life of my family, but the life of those we associated and did business with. The insurance company paid us less than ¼ of our loss and will not pay the rest until they discover how the fire next door started. We lost hundreds of thousands. I became the sole income provider of our family of 5. I did everything possible to keep us afloat. We lost our super to save our home, we accepted food parcels to feed our children, vouchers to pay our electricity, I even worked 3 months FIFO to sustain our family. I did my own tax and discovered, I had supported our family on $200 a week! I still don’t know how!!
In June / July 2013, due to my low income I was allowed to receive a discount on my Certificate IV in WHS / OHS via centrelink. After completion this allowed me to move on to applying for and completing a Diploma in OHS within 3 weeks with distinction. I had discovered my niche` and finally knew my career path.
I am currently completing a diploma in Quality Auditing and environmental studies with Penn State University via correspondence in the US. I am eagerly awaiting a response from Easternwell regarding a step forward in my career as a HSE Advisor, my short term goal. My long term goal is as a Lead Quality Auditor.
At 40, OTEN has shown me I can balance children, hardship and begin a career, that at the end of a dark tunnel, there is light! OTEN has given me hope - Thank you is not enough.
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