#MeetTheStaff – Amelia (Maranatha)

I was born in the Southern part of the Philippines in the 1970s. Our hometown is a 4 hours’ drive from the big city and 2 hours flight to the Capital Manila.

We are 6 siblings in the family, I have 4 other sisters and one brother. My parents used to run a small Lumber business then shifted to sand, gravel and hollow blocks factory which is still operational and being managed by my father.

I completed my Primary and High school at Notre Dame of Tacurong. My parents decided to move me to the big City, which is 4 hours away from our hometown, to study my Nursing @ San Pedro College. I stayed in a boarding school where I learnt to be independent. Though I also learned some foolishness from my roommates, but one student introduced me to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour at the age of 17.

I finished my Bachelor of Science Nursing in March of 1992 then took Board Exam after a year, to qualify as a Registered Nurse.

I started my nursing career in Brokenshire Hospital in the same city then moved to Mercure Hotel as a company nurse. I then joined a non-government organization as a Nurse supervisor overseeing Midwives Birthing-clinics funded by USA.

I decided to pursue Higher education, so I enrolled my Masteral Degree but didn’t finished it. I want to save money and explore my profession, so I applied to be a Clinical Instructor in Nursing. I was assigned in Community, Medical Surgical and OB-GYNE wards.

A dear Friend introduced me to my now Joseph and after few months of courtship, He proposed, and we decided to get married on September of 1999.

We had our beautiful Baby daughter after a long wait, and we named her Hannah Alia (Alia from Amelia remove “ME” and Hannah meaning “prayerful”).

A door opened for us to work & study here in Australia in 2008. We are very hesitant at first because of my dream to go to USA. My family came to Australia in November 2008. I enrolled in Cert 3&4 Aged Care and Diploma of Community Services Work@ Charlton Brown College, Brisbane at the same time processing my RN registration. I eventually had my bringing course in April 2013.

I believe in the Saying that goes … “When blessings come it pours.” In 2013 I got my Australian Nursing Registration then was offered work in a Nursing Home at Young NSW. While working with them,

the big favour was, we became Permanent Resident of Australia after only a few months.

We moved back to Brisbane after finishing my contract with Mercy Health Young.

I am very passionate about elderly people and I consider them as my Family and Friends. Hence, I continue my work as an Aged care Registered Nurse.

I am very blessed to be part of Maranatha in 14th June 2016.

During my free time, I love to do gardening, interior decorating, cooking and window-shopping. I enjoyed buying products on sale and send them overseas to my relatives and friends.

We move into Griffin in 2017 to be near my workplace. We had intruders broke in during the early weeks after moving to our newly built house hence we were advised to get a guard dog. We ended up adopting a dog from RSPCA. We named him Rocky is a Stafford bull terrier, they are known to be extremely courageous, loyal, playful and affectionate. Rocky is now very much part of our family and not just guarding our house.

We became Australian citizen in 2016 Australia Day and that was a “Victory Day” for us.

I will end up with this verse in the Bible.

Jeremiah 19:11 says” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”