Service milestones celebrated

Capecare’s annual Winter Warmer event acknowledges and celebrates those in the team who have reached significant service milestones with the organisation.  On Thursday night a large number of our staff members and board gathered at Dunsborough Country Club for some social lawn bowls and award presentations.

Some highlights:

  • Capecare Way Champion award recipient May Ling Yap. May consistently displays the values of Capecare. She is a dedicated and hardworking team member loved by staff and residents alike. Nothing is ever too much for May who always goes above and beyond.
  • Susan Erceg and Robyn Pearce marking 20 years of service to Capecare. Sue is an Enrolled Nurse in our Residential team. Sue is a much loved and respected member of the nursing team recognised as a leader and mentor who is always ready to help others. Admissions Coordinator and Resident Advocate Robyn has had an amazing and varied  career with Capecare. Robyn is in most instances the first contact our clients and family members have with Capecare and we couldn’t wish for a better advocate of who we are and what we offer to support the community.
  • Support workers Carolyn Reeve, Sonia Williamson and Parminder Kaur marking 10 years of service. Each of these valued staff members plays an important role in caring for and helping our community clients with daily tasks, allowing them to live at home for longer. All three are dedicated and passionate carers who we are extremely fortunate to have.
  • Registered Nurses Claire Rice and Manoj Matthew, Home and Garden Maintenance worker Shayne Macri and Roster Coordinator Liza Hellstrom marking 5 years of service.

Thank you to Capecare board members Yvonne Robinson, Jeff Dick, Glyn Palmer and Mostyn Hamdorf for presenting the awards and Dunsborough and Districts Country Club for hosting the event.

Capecare Busselton female resident Beth Clarke and carer Travis Dean sitting and smiling at each other.

Carer Travis Dean wins an award

“I’ve found my place” – those are the words of Capecare Busselton carer Travis Dean who has finally found a career he genuinely enjoys at the age of 41.

After working as a butcher for many years, followed by a decade-long stint at McDonalds, Travis is now completing his 3rd year with the not-for-profit.

Working his way up from carer support, to trainee, and finally full-time carer – Travis has never felt more content in his line of work.

His success was encouraged in March when won the ‘South West TAFE Excellence Award for Certificate III in Individual Support’ in a competitive field of over 1000 WA applicants.

“I was shaking when I received the award, I was so nervous,” Travis said.

“I really didn’t expect it. I don’t think I said anything to anyone for a while afterwards.”

Travis said he owed the award to his compassionate spirit and “not giving up”.

“I want to treat people the way I treat my mum and dad,” he said.

“I’m not there for me. I’m there for the residents. I’m a compassionate person and I really care about these people.”

Travis described his workplace at Capecare as a positive environment and that he knew it would help him achieve his vision of becoming a palliative carer.

“It’s a very welcoming workplace and I always feel happy to go to work,” he said.

“Palliative care is an area I think would be very mentally rewarding for myself.”

He said his ability to grow in the industry was due to the staff at Capecare who had helped him every step of the way.

“Any questions I had, they answered them and always went out of their way to help me,” he said.

“I’m very grateful to them.”

If you’re interested in a career at Capecare, contact or call 9750 2000 to speak to the recruitment officer.

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Male carer Travis Dean and Male resident David Clarke sitting next to each other outside, smiling at camera.

Capecare carer Travis Dean and resident David Clarke


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