Chris’s story

• Back on campus

Chris arrived in Australia from Myanmar in January 2016 knowing almost no English. In February she came to North Lake and life changed.

“Oh, North Lake was so important. It was like a second house to me. North Lake made me improve in every way and every thing. Education, speaking and I met a lot of new friends from different countries.

“We are still friends and still help and support each other. One of my North Lake friends was able to get me a job at her workplace this year.”

During 2020 Chris has been studying for her Cert lll in Individual Support (Ageing) at South Metro TAFE and she will soon begin work placement in an aged care facility. After completing 120 hours of work placement she will be in a position to apply for a job. Her plan is to work part-time and study for a diploma in aged care.

“I want to care for elderly people because I love them so much,” Chris said, “I want to make them feel happy and help them enjoy life.”

Chris was back on campus in week 10 for the Taste of Spice lunch. It was her first visit since she completed Year 12 in 2019. “I could not come back because of the virus. It is funny and a bit sad being here as a visitor. I will never forget North Lake.”

• With friends Harmony Day 2019