A big thank-you to team member Marilyn for interviewing Zeny and writing the below article. The article can also be found on our HCSC website.
Zeny is Filipino and comes from Salappan. She has a large family of nieces and nephews living in that town still. Zeny completed secondary school in the Philippines. In 1977, at the age of seventeen, she then moved to England, working as a nanny and housekeeper. She lived in Wimbledon, London for three and a half years. Zeny’s employers then moved to Canada, inviting Zeny to move with them. Unfortunately, her mother became ill and she had to return to the Philippines. After a year, Zeny was able to apply for work in Hong Kong, where she lived for fifteen years. During that time, Zeny had a pen pal for three years. This gentleman came to visit her in Hong Kong and asked her to visit Australia. After arriving in Australia in 1998, Henry proposed. After marrying, Zeny and her husband travelled around Australia for twenty years in a caravan.
Zeny is a dedicated volunteer at the Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre. She will volunteer for any role when needed. Zeny loves working with a team and makes friends easily. She finds it invigorating and exciting. Zeny says she always needs to be busy. As well as volunteering, Zeny has two jobs.
In Zeny’s spare time, she really enjoys her golf and bowls. Again, it is the people she associates with that that make these hobbies so pleasurable. Zeny also has a great connection with the local Fillipino community, where she has found many good friends. They have enriched Zeny’s life.
An important life lesson that Zeny holds as being precious, is that- one can make the most out of life in good and bad times. Zeny is an example of this, as she has changed her life, making her a strong and confident woman.
Zeny has always been a willing volunteer as her inspiration came from her father who was an active community man. She is simply following in his footsteps.
Zeny’s favourite quote is: “Courage is feeling happy and alive when it is easier to feel sorry for yourself. But try to look to the future and not the past”.
Zeny excels at any role she takes on. She puts her mind to always performing at her very best. Proof of this is her relationship with her many employers who she is still in contact with after so many years.
Zeny has enjoyed being inspired by and learning from her dad, her employer, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, and her good friend and team leader at the HCSC.