Angelina is an Enliven support worker.
Every week she spends supports 15 older people, caring for them in their own homes as she would her own parents.
Leaving family behind
Angelina left her parents behind in South Korea when she immigrated to New Zealand ten years ago for a better life for herself and her family. Her role has also taught her the value of spending time with loved ones.
“I always try to do my best for my clients. I don’t want to have any regrets about the time I spend with them like I regret not being able to have more time with my parents,” she said.
Pursuing the dream
Angelina dreams of a professional business career in cosmetics and fashion, using her past experience and knowledge from South Korea. She would also like to help other immigrant women to reach their full potential in New Zealand.
Faced with cultural and language challenges, she knows it’s a big dream but she is often inspired by the strength and determination shown by her clients as she supports them to overcome their own difficulties and live independently.
“I have realised something very valuable – having difficulty is the same thing as having a dream. When I bravely accept that the difficulty is mine then the dream becomes mine too.”