Abby McLennan is Team Leader in our Community Transition team, who work with and support customers who are transitioning from school to the workplace for the first time, or who need support in preparing for and securing employment or work experience opportunities.
Abby’s office wall is covered with customer letters and stories, and says she’s so proud of the progress each and every one of them has made! We sat down with Abby to get to find out a little more about her.
Tell us about your role?
I have worked at Rocky Bay since November 2017. I previously worked with VIP as a DSW and once the organisation merged with Rocky Bay I took a position as a Team Leader.
I started out working with youth transitioning from school to adult services, and now it has morphed into many roles within one. I help customers identify their passions and work with them to build their skills.
I assist customers to find work experience and job opportunities, as well as support them to access the community and venues they enjoy.
Tell us what you love most about your field of work?
My clients are amazing! I love working with young adults and helping them find something that interests them, whether it be work, volunteering or finding new hobbies.
I am really passionate about work opportunities for people with disabilities and educating businesses around this. Many employers haven’t had much experience working with people with disabilities, so part of my job is to educate them that a disability doesn’t define someone and people are capable of many things if you give them a go.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Travel – the further off the beaten track the better! So far my favourite places have been Guatemala and India. I also go paddle boarding most weekends in summer.
Fun fact about you
I hiked the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
What are three things you can’t live without and why?
- Chocolate – I can’t stop at a piece, I will demolish a whole block in a couple of minutes.
- Cheese – I went to the Netherlands over the Christmas break and brought back $50 worth of cheese and visited close to every cheese shop in town.
- Gym – I never saw myself as a gym junkie but now I attend six days a week and entered a weight lifting competition last year. I will be competing in another one in August.
To find out how the Community Transition team can help you, contact our friendly Customer Engagement team on 9383 6113.