Located in Marrickville, Pines has been home to Sue McLeod for over three decades. Its well-kept Federation facade makes way for an expansive interior, which she shares with four other house mates.
Sue was 18 years-old when she first moved into Pines, when Forsight was still in its infancy. Thirty-two years later, Sue’s the perfect judge to explain how much her local community has changed in that time.
“There never used to be as many cafes as there is now. Which is good for when you want to go out, there’s lots of people around. It’s a lot different from when I first moved here,” explains Sue.
A short journey up the road to Stanmore is where you’ll find Sue’s place of work, Ozanam Industries. Sue has worked there for over 20 years, and currently works four days a week.
“I first started in the workshop, but I wanted more of a challenge, and I wanted to try something new. At the time they didn’t have a receptionist, but I asked if I could give it a go”, said Sue. So for the last five years she has been the welcoming face and voice of Ozanam Industries.
The role is a perfect fit for Sue. “I wanted to do the job because I enjoy talking so much,” laughs Sue. “I got special training. It took a while to learn, but I love it.” Sue has never been one to sit still. From her journey to New Zealand by ship five years ago, “I went to that stinky place, Rotorua, I won’t go back there”, to her embracing new independent living opportunities provided by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Sue explains, “Before the NDIS, I couldn’t do as many things as I do now. I enjoy group activity, but doing things by myself is also important. With my carer, they provide individualised one-to-one support, so now every two weeks I head to the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre for a swim”. Next football season Sue hopes to attend games once a month where she’ll be barracking for her team the Manly Sea Eagles. “I just hope they perform better next year,” said Sue.