In October 2014, Sarwet came to Australia to study a Masters degree in Arts/ Humanities and communication at USQ from Kurdistan in Iraq. The culture in Kurdistan was full of fear and terror particularly in the media. Since 2017 he has worked with Multicultural Australia as Cultural Support Worker supporting new arrivals with their settlement in Toowoomba. Nearly all the new arrivals from Kurdistan cannot speak English so language support is a solid part of his role.
Sarwet has also worked as a coordinator supporting elderly in Aged Care and at Centrelink as a Kurdish Kurmanji, Kurdish Sorany and Persian interpreter. Through all these positions, his goal was to support and help people settle in the community as soon as possible and to be a part of the larger Toowoomba community. By helping overcome the language barrier, Sarwet fosters belonging for new members of the community. In this, there are many struggles - language is the most obvious. Second is educating new residents in the Australian system. Especially services like Centrelink, Medicare, banking etc which are very different from the way of life back home.
Sarwet meets the families supporting a member who has a disability and interprets how NDIS can work for them and how to apply. After the required applications and interviews which sometimes, Sarwet interprets, helps participants plan the best way to achieve goals within the DW team. He enjoys helping people ease language and cultural barriers immensely. With all this heart, experience and skills – we are so excited to have Sarwet in the DW team!
Meet support worker Jason. He is passionate in helping participants set and achieve their goals. One favourite highlight of Jason’s work is taking the moments of retrospect with participants - when a goal that seemed so far away to achieve has become the new reality! He thrives on supporting and working with participants to make the most out of life and bring direction. In his spare time, Jason doesn’t seem to stop moving! An enthusiastic muso, he plays guitar and writes songs. He also plays bass guitar in the St Barts church progressive rock band. Jason’s personal goal is continually working on keeping an open-mind so his heart is always soft. His fitness regime is the very physically intense Muay Thai fighting. Jason also keeps his heart soft and his mind grounded by volunteering for Rosie’s friends on the street. This amazing organisation sets out to feed, listen and guide homeless people to make sound decisions towards a roof over their heads. Jason’s passion for support work drives his hope of making DW consultancy a leading directive in the industry. We love having his heart and his passion in the DW team!
Meet Briony (everyone calls her Bree). Born in Adelaide, Bree moved to Lockyer Valley/Toowoomba region about 17 years ago. She has a background in retail, hospitality and the community services area. Family at home looks like her boy/girl twins, 2 cats and 3 chooks, and soon-to-be with her partner.
Bree has been with David Wallis consulting for about 6 months and really enjoys working with NDIS clients. Her favourite part is seeing clients smile when they’ve learnt new tasks and when she can help participants to complete their personal goals.
We are so happy to have Bree and her compassionate heart in the DW Team!
Meet our Support Worker Jean!
Originally from Brisbane, Jean along with her husband and two amazing teenage daughters have lived in Toowoomba for just over 2 years. She enjoys exploring Toowoomba, especially the many coffee shops, but her favourites are those with a community focus.
Jean has many years background in the Pharmacy industry and also working and studying in the Natural Medicine field. In-between her support work, she is currently studying to be a counsellor. The decision to return to study has made her very happy. She is passionate about helping others, which has led to her current role in the DW team. Jean appreciates the variety of the role and especially being able to support participants to reach their potential, meet their goals and live their life as independently as possible. She sees this role for the privilege it is and finds it very rewarding to be able to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
We are so pleased to have Jean and her positive viewpoint in the DW team!
Julie Ann is our Employment Services person. She is our connector between our participants looking for paid work and the small businesses looking for someone who can enrich their workplace. If you know of any small businesses in town looking to employ one of our awesome participants, this is the lady to talk to!
In 2017, Khairi and his family arrived in Australia as refugees. Early 2016, he was working as a driver with humanitarian organizations. He assisted people who had been liberated from ISIS and living in camps.
Khairi successfully studied and completed a TAFE course in order to continue similar work to his experience overseas. We are so excited to have him as part of the DW Consultancy team and Khairi is very eager to continue supporting the Kurdish Yazidy Community.
This support can look like many tasks including visits and driving these members of the community to anywhere they want to go (including appointments at the Brisbane Hospital) . His assistance is well received in the community mainly due to his bilingual skills in Kurdish Kurmanji. Khairi is so happy to assist his Kurdish Yazidy Community anywhere and anytime and we are both proud and excited have this kind-hearted gentleman on our team!
Meet some of the Kingaroy legends who’ve recently increased their multilingual skills!
There have been two groups on Thursdays learning Auslan – some of the amazing team from SB Care as well as a group of extraordinary locals who’ve booked into the class individually.
A big shout out the SB Care team doing great things in the Kingaroy disability sector. This organisation prioritised the time and resources for their staff to complete the course.
It’s meant clicking up quite a few kilometres these past few weeks! David has travelled up to the South Burnett area on Thursday, started the SB Care at 3pm and then followed it with the 2nd group at 6pm. It was all made much more manageable with an overnight stay at gracious hosts, Kingaroy Country Motel and then a refreshed drive back home to Toowoomba on Friday. All in all – a successful and enjoyable adventure! It’s always a pleasure to work in peanut country!
Our office team is expanding and Sue (pictured left) and Kelsey (pictured right) are going to keep this machine performing well!
Sue has been with our team for over a year doing a range of support work and now has moved into the role of Operations Coordinator. She will be handling the support needs of participants and coordinating service providers, while also managing the day to day running of DW Consultancy.
Kelsey has just joined our team and is our Administration Coordinator. With a background working with Qld Health, she will be keeping our office humming along by maintaining office administration needs and following up team involvement in various activities.
(Pictured in the middle is the guy who's very grateful to have these ladies in the office!)
Meet Candi Smith. Candi is one of the many support workers in the great team DW! Candi is married to mechanic Jody and they have 2 daughters Tahlia and Emily. When Candi is not helping others, she likes to crochet, ride her horse and look after her animals. She grew up on a small hobby farm in the great Rose and Rodeo town of Warwick with her younger brother Levi. Levi is deaf and so Candi learnt Auslan at a young age. She attributes much of her success in support work to interpreting for and helping her brother for so much of her life. We love having Candi’s skills and her wonderful heart in our team!
Introducing Sarwet (left) & Khairi Khalap! Khairi is our first Kurdish Kurmanji support worker who started with us a couple of months ago, and Sarwet is our Kurdish Kumanji interpreter. We have a large Kurdish community here in Toowoomba and thanks to Sarwet and Khairi we’re excited to be able to help many more with NDIS packages - even if English isn’t their first language!
Stay tuned for more about Khairi’s experience and fascinating story.