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Maryanne’s work ethic and sense of humour a hit in hotel kitchen

Maryanne, who has Down Syndrome, has been working as part of the Renmark Hotel’s kitchen team for 21 years, preparing produce for the chefs.

Maryanne has worked at the Renmark Hotel in South Australia for 21 years and is as enthusiastic and passionate about her job as she was on day one.

‘I love all the staff, I love everyone here,’ says Maryanne. ‘Working makes me happy’.

Maryanne has Down Syndrome, but she hasn’t let that stop her from maintaining a secure job which she loves and excels at. She works as part of the hotel’s kitchen team, where she prepares produce for the chefs.

For the Renmark Hotel and the staff in the kitchen, Maryanne is an invaluable team member. She provides them with their daily dose of laughter; always playing practical jokes and she’s even been seen doing the Nutbush in the kitchen from time to time.

According to her employer, Jim, Maryanne creates a great atmosphere in the kitchen and always has the team giggling. 

‘She’s got a great sense of humour,’ says Jim. ‘For instance, she’s a bit of a footy fan and she’ll sometimes get a wooden spoon and pop it on the bench of one of our chefs who barracks for St Kilda. We all joke around in good fun.’

Employment Consultant Venetia from WISE Employment Berri works closely with Maryanne. Once a week, Venetia pops into the Renmark Hotel to see how Maryanne’s going and of course for one of Maryanne’s famous hugs!

‘She has a set routine and knows exactly what she needs to do,’ says Venetia. ‘She loves working so much that even when she’s not feeling one hundred per cent she’ll still try to go into work. Her work ethic is exceptional.’  

Venetia also stood by Maryanne as she made the transition into shared living. Since this milestone, Maryanne’s confidence has bolstered and her sense of independence has continued to thrive.

It’s clear listening to the people around Maryanne, that she is a caring and bubbly personality. And with 21 years of experience in the role, she’s without a doubt a valued member of the Renmark Hotel.

‘It’s a good day when she’s in the kitchen,’ says Jim.

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