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Bronwyn’s personality shines in hospitality job

Bronwyn, who has Down Syndrome, has been working in hospitality for 9 months. WISE employment Hobart assisted her in finding her job.

When you first meet Bronwyn, it’s hard to look past her cheerful personality and infectious smile. It’s this bubbly and positive energy that makes Bronwyn the perfect employee for the hospitality industry. It’s also why she genuinely adores her job at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed and why her employer Ellie Smith loves having Bronwyn as part of the team.

Thanks to the support of the WISE Employment team in Hobart, Bronwyn has been working two shifts a week at Willie Smith’s for the past nine months and is proving that having Down Syndrome doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing a job in something you love.

‘I enjoy working. I’m happy,’ says Bronwyn. ‘It’s a great team, I get along with them well and I like serving our customers, all of them are my favourites’.

WISE Employment Hobart worked closely with Bronwyn to help find her a job that would suit her personality and interests. The team also helped organise a support worker, Brent, to assist Bronwyn during her shifts and help her navigate and interact in the workplace. In time Bronwyn will no longer need the support of Brent and eventually work autonomously.

According to Bronwyn’s mother Sonya, Bronwyn’s confidence has skyrocketed since starting in the role.

‘Friday nights are Bron’s favourite shift,’ says Sonya. ‘She loves the atmosphere and sometimes when I go to pick her up at the end of her shift she doesn’t want to leave.’

For the staff at Willie Smith’s, Bronwyn is an absolute joy to work with and Ellie’s noticed an enormous impact on the workplace since she’s joined the team. 

‘We’ve always had a really positive workplace; our staff are really accepting and it’s been wonderful to watch people work alongside Bronwyn. She’s an amazingly cheerful and positive girl and has really become a part of the team,’ says Ellie. ‘I love the effect Bron has on people. You might walk in one day, not so happy then you look up and see Bron and her big smile and she brightens up your day instantly.’ 

When Bronwyn’s not at work, you’ll find her bringing the same energy and enthusiasm to her Hip Hop dancing, which she takes professional lessons for during her spare time.

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