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August 30, 2017

Great team player celebrated

Kitchen assistant Matthew Bush celebrated his 10-year work anniversary at Compass with his family, friends, and workmates.

In 2007, Southern Cross Brightside cook Somporn Widgery – who is also Matthew’s caregiver and friend – brought him to work with her. And he loved it!

“Matthew was so helpful and enthusiastic, we were delighted he wanted to be part of our kitchen team and that he is still working with us 10 years on,” says Chef Manager Dennis Gleeson.

Matthew’s parents, Peter and Elizabeth Bush, add: “He feels part of a team and is accepted by the people he works with. They let him know they value what he does.

“Matthew really likes everyone and has a very good relationship with ‘the Boss’, Dennis. He looks forward to going to work in this supportive environment, as it gives him a real sense of purpose and achievement. Matthew has learnt a range of skills that he now practices at home, including the importance of hygiene in food preparation, time management and meeting deadlines.”

Peter and Elizabeth give much credit to Somporn and her husband Eldon for Matthew’s growing confidence. Matthew met the couple in 2002 and they became firm friends. He now lives with them and often joins them for holidays including to Thailand and Australia, with a trip planned for Queenstown later this year.

“Matthew is happy, confident and has a sense of self-worth that we attribute to this friendship, as well as to the way he has been treated at work for the past 10 years.”

Matthew enjoys playing Indoor Bowls with Special Olympics, as well as swimming. He loves spending time with his family, playing table tennis and watching sport on TV, especially rugby, rugby league and cricket.

Every single person of the Compass kitchen team at Brightside has signed an agreement to support and help Matthew each day!


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