Her first day at Minda may have coincided with the first day we went into COVID-19 lockdown in March last year, but Erin Blyth hasn’t let that get in the way of her passion for supporting Minda clients and her colleagues.
With a long history in healthcare management back in her native Scotland, Erin and her family landed in Australia in January last year before starting as a Support Leader with the Torrens SIL team.
Fast forward five months through an end to lockdown, Erin accepted the position of Acting Client Services Manager, a role now very much official and one she is thrilled to be working in.
“It’s the people, it seems very cliché,” Erin says with a laugh, “but especially at South Road where I have always been, it’s an amazing place where the people are very welcoming and they were very supportive straight from day one.
“It’s a great team with an open-door policy, everyone is willing to help and support at any given point which is really good to see.”
It’s the genuine care everyone in her team shows and the passion for what they do that are the big draw for Erin – working alongside and supporting people who have a shared interest in seeing things through and achieving results.
“It may be a little selfish to say but it is very rewarding in a sense, to see our clients happy and doing well.
“I enjoy a challenge. If there are obstacles preventing our clients from living their best life, I will endeavour to break down those barriers and bring about solutions where achievable.”
Arriving in Adelaide, a city she had never visited, with her partner and their two young children was a big leap, but Erin is thankful Minda also “took a chance on someone very fresh off the boat” and can’t speak more highly of the Minda community.
“Despite some huge challenges we face from day to day, the reason you keep going is the people at the heart of it.
“Whether or not it’s always clear to begin with, it’s getting everybody onboard to see what you see – it’s not an immediate change, but it’s about rallying everyone to get on board with that vision.”