A bit of a nomad in her early years Iulia set sail from her motherland of Samoa to New Zealand at the age of 17. She attended Tagaroa College for two years before journeying to the United States of America to live in Barstow California, and then Texas, working in several different industries.
Following the death of her husband, Iulia returned to New Zealand with her daughter, and became part of the Pacific Homecare team. Read more about our Employee of the Month for August below.
Tell us a little bit about your background:
At the impressionable age of 17 I came to New Zealand on scholarship and attending two years of Tagaroa College before moving to Barstow California in 1987 where I set about making a life for myself. I worked in the health industry for a bit before moving to Texas, eventually becoming a Customer Service Manager at one of America’s biggest multinational retail corporation, Walmart. When my husband passed away I made the difficult decision to relocate back here to New Zealand, with my daughter Samantha, to be closer to family.
What sorts of things do you do in your job?
I care for my permanent clients during set times in the day, which means I leave home early in the morning before Samantha is up. I deliver personal care and household managements tasks that are required for the day. Using my past experience, as a restorative nurse assistant and working with disabled children, I make it a point to take clients through daily exercises and encourage them to count along and keep their mind active.
What training have you completed at Pacific Homecare?
Currently, I am undertaking Level 2 and am excited to take on Level 3 next year when it is available. I am also undertaking ‘Everyday Leadership’ training.
What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?
I like being able to work independently and being given the trust to work with clients on a one on one basis and improving their health. I really value the process of entering homes and building relationships, and how that leads to a trust that occurs between me, the client and their family.
Who inspires you?
Without hesitation I would have to say my daughter. All that I do is for Samantha and for the betterment of my daughter’s life. I always put her welfare at the forefront of my mind, compelling me to get up even when I’m too tired to push for more.
At the end of your working day, what do you like to do?
I love to garden, there’s a fenced allotment on my yard which I’ve planted my garden in. I love to come out and watch it flowering, and weeding provides me with therapeutic properties that would make a glass of sherry cry.
Favourite type of music?
Oatmeal in the morning
What are you into right now?
What languages do you speak?
Samoan and English
What are your hobbies?
What’s your favourite childhood memory?
It’s swimming related – there was a time I used to stay with my grandmother, who was visually impaired, and the ocean was across from our home. Every time the tide would come in she would call me over to take her swimming and this fostered my very own love for swimming.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always thought I would be a teacher.
If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?
Probably customer services in retail, like I was when I worked at Walmart.« Back