SGA (Social Group Activities) Coordinator Rosetta Sirianni, or Rose, is celebrating 20 years working with the Co.As.It. Community Services Casa Aurelia centre in Acacia Ridge. She has served around 80,000 clients over two decades of pure dedication and commitment to delivering wellbeing to the senior community in Brisbane.

With years of accumulated stories behind her, Rose remembered some of the moments she experienced during her time at Co.As.It. Reflecting on unforgettable moments Rose said, “I think every day is [an unforgettable day] by just coming in here and seeing the clients been thankful at the end of the day. But, sure, after Covid-19 was really special when everyone appreciated the groups even more.”

She recalled that, “Covid-19 has been the biggest challenge. There haven’t been that many huge challenges over the years. I would say keeping the groups interested and creating ongoing activities for them. So, they’ll be interested in coming every day.”

Rose also spoke of the greatest lessons she learned with her advice to, “Listen, listen, and keep learning, always learning. Even now, I’m still learning. There’s much more to teach and show them [the clients].”

Rose’s secrets to longevity on the job included, “You need to like your job, not love it. Because you can love anything, but you need to like it. I get up in the morning, and I’m ready to go. There is also perseverance. You don’t give up because something gets hard. It gets tricky, but you work through it with your staff. My staff is my backbone, without them…”

Valued staff and several of the clients Rose has nurtured over the years thanked her in a fitting celebration of her service.

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