It was with gratitude and sadness last month that SCS and many clients farewelled Olga Zakrzewska, our Disability Services Manager, who created and ran programs for clients with a disability for 11 years.
She was dedicated to her clients who numbered about 60 across programs such as the Social Club, Theatre Ensemble, Wednesday group as well as people receiving individual support. Olga loved creating services for them because she got to know her clients well.
“The job is all about the clients,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed the activities – going out with them and having fun and, in doing so, helping to create a positive image of adults who have a disability.”
“Because SCS disability services is a tight-knit team with few staff changes, we get to know our clients very well, and there’s great satisfaction in seeing people respond. To me, it’s always about building connections with people: with clients, their families and people who get involved in delivering services.”
Well-trained and passionate colleagues who truly engage with clients are another reason Olga stayed with the SCS Hunters Hill team for so long.
“I’ve loved working with people who will do a little extra to make things work better, who aim to help people feel they have a choice, and present things as easier and more accessible,” she said of her colleagues.
Olga started in the sector with Recreation Rendezvous run by Lane Cove Community Aid Services which later became Lane Cove and North Side Community Services – now Sydney Community Services – and we have been lucky to have Olga as Disability Services Manager since 2014. We wish her all the best in her next endeavour.
For more information on SCS Community Engagement for people with a disability, please see https://www.sydneycs.org/disability-services/community-engagement-and-participation/
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