Damaris Hansen and her employers Russell and Lisa Mellare after their Carers Australia win.
Damaris Hansen and her employers Russell and Lisa Mellare after their Carers Australia win.

Employers win state carers award

BEING a full-time carer of her 12-year-old son who suffers from asperger’s syndrome, it is hard to imagine how Damaris Hansen finds the time to work part-time.

She is lucky enough to work for managers Russell and Lisa Mellare at the Pacific Petroleum Fisher Park Truck Stop who were recently awarded the Carers Australia Great Employer Award for Queensland.

Mrs Hansen wanted to acknowledge the work they did and all the support they provided her and two other staff members. “They just do it naturally, they just don’t understand why it is such a big deal, what they do for me...they make it possible for me to work and make my carers role a lot easier to handle,” she said.

“They provide an environment where I can be honest and free as a mum and a carer.”

Mrs Hansen went with Mrs Mellare to the Carers Australia award presentation in late October at the South Brisbane Institute of TAFE and said she was very proud seeing her employers win out of 150 nominations.

Mrs Mellare said her and her husband didn’t realise they were doing anything out of the ordinary.

“We adore our staff and it is nice having a close relationship...we know how important family is and understand the need for flexible rosters,” she said.

Mrs Mellare said even with all the troubles Mrs Hansen has at home she still brought her beautiful bubbly personality to work and was a joy to have around.

“We like to create a homely, caring place for all our staff and customers...I thought this is how everyone ran there business,” she said.

“Knowing our staff appreciate what we do is a great feeling, they are a big part of our business and without them we wouldn’t have a business.”


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