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People Spotlight - Ola Samuel

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Meet Ola Samuel, Pastoral Care Coordinator at The Haven in Wagga Wagga.

The Haven provides services designed to help seniors age well including companionship visits or calls from volunteers, health and wellness programs, home care services, retirement living, respite care and residential aged care.

Ola loves providing pastoral care to residents, staff and families.

“My wife and I have been warmly welcomed to the region since moving here two years ago. I’m passionate about being able to give back by providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need,” says Ola.

“My vocation is Pastoral Care Ministry, Aged Care and Counselling having begun my career studying Agriculture and Rural Development. I’m passionate about helping build thriving regional communities and enjoying the many benefits of living in Wagga Wagga including healthier living, loyal friendship, peace and quiet.

“We have an amazing, values-driven team. Being able to care for the spiritual and emotional needs of our residents and families who have given so much to our community is an incredible privilege.

“Although restrictions have begun to ease, there’s still a lot of uncertainty. Keeping a positive mindset at the moment is crucial. My role focuses on taking time to listen and comfort others with compassion and empathy. Sharing a deep sense of gratitude regarding the good things around us can assist in shifting thoughts from anxiety to a feeling of peace, calm and hope."

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