Uniting has been Leeann’s second home for over 22 years.
“I’ve spent over half of my working life at Uniting, and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” says Leeann.
“I’ve had lots of different roles from working in homelessness and family violence services to managing our reception team in Sale.
“That’s what I really love about Uniting – the diversity of work it has offered me.”
Leeann moved to Sale 25 years ago.
At the time, she had a young family but no social network.
“Uniting became my family and I’m still very close to a lot of people I have worked with over the years,” says Leeann.
“In a sense, my children grew up in the organisation. They were able to come in after school, sit in the lunchroom and do their homework.
“It was a family friendly environment. It still is.
“Over the years I’ve had a sick partner and parent to care for. The support I’ve received has been immeasurable.
“That’s what I love about Uniting. We say we are a family friendly organisation and we really are.”
Through her varied roles, Leeann has worked in various Gippsland offices, including Sale, Leongatha and Bairnsdale.
“It really helps to get to know more people across the organisation,” says Leeann.
“It means you’re not doing the same thing, day in and day out. And it’s lovely to meet and work with new people.”
Leeann has a message for people thinking about moving to her beloved Gippsland region.
“Whatever your interests are, there’s something here for you,” she says.
“It’s a great place to raise a family. I often get out and about with my grandchildren.
“And it’s really not that far from Melbourne. You can do a day trip on the public transport route.
“I often do a day trip to attend the theatre or the museum.
“If you’re thinking about it, give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.”
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