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Shooting high, scoring a happier life

Thursday evening is an exciting time for Jenny when she joins her team ‘The Bulldogs’ to play basketball at Wayville. She has been playing for more than 10 years and is a big fan of the Adelaide 36ers. On Monday nights, she also plays at Pasadena. At home, she has a ring to practice and during the week, she goes to a park near her house to try some shots. She never misses a game. ‘I don’t like to let my team down’, says Jenny. She has good memories of when her team won the final and she hopes they will win again one day. ‘We just need to play as a team and be positive’ is Jenny’s motto.

‘I like basketball because I make friends and feel valued’ says Jenny. Playing basketball, she has learnt to control her temper and developed strong team-work skills. Her advice to her mates is to not rush: ‘You just take your time and shoot. Always remember to bend your knees!’

Jenny loves working at Orana and has been part of the team for more than 40 years! She commenced working with the garden and cleaning crew when Orana had a site in Campbelltown many years ago. Jenny has worked in the olive oil bottling section, the water filter packaging section and currently, spends most of her week in the dollies assembly section.

Jenny enjoys working with Sally, her supervisor. ‘She is always friendly and encourages me’, says Jenny.  Supported by Sally, Jenny has developed work skills such as attention to detail and patience through her role at the weighing station; completing quality checks; bagging and heat-sealing completed items.

Sally has seen how Jenny has improved her social and communication skills: ‘She has become a good listener. She takes time and patience to listen and help others at work, where she can’. Jenny has taken on board managing her emotions. ‘I will ask a supervisor to sort an issue I can’t deal with’, she smiles. ‘I have at times tried to deal with problems myself but not anymore’.

Jenny likes to help out wherever she can when she is not working. During her lunchbreak, Jenny takes on the regular role of supporting others with making drinks and heating up and serving meals.

Supported by Orana, Jenny has participated in numeracy and literacy courses as well as a cooking and nutrition program and is now working on developing healthy eating habits towards a healthier life.

Her next goals: obtain her driver’s licence and save for a trip to America to watch her basketball idols and visit Elvis Presley’s house. Good on you Jenny! Keep up the good work!

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