When you stand outside Forsight’s “Pines” home in Marrickville, you can’t help being struck by the beauty and intricate detail of the home’s Federation façade.
Once inside, you can feel the history of the home reverberating around the walls. A big part of that history is Sue McLeod. At 18 years of age, when Forsight was still in its infancy, Sue was one of the first people to move into a Forsight home. Thirty-two years later, she lives with four other housemates, several of whom Sue has been living with for over 20 years.
A short journey up the road to Stanmore is Sue’s place of work, Ozanam Industries. Ozanam is a supported employment organisation that specialises in completing outsourced tasks such as mail fulfilment, shrink-wrapping and packaging solutions. 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 to try something new. At the time they didn’t have a receptionist, so 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.”