Theresa is the CEO of Chung Wah CAC and has been a key driver of the organisation for over 30 years. She has had much experience in the social sector and has worked with Asian and international groups and has set the direction for Chung Wah CAC. She shares some of her thoughts on the role of people.
“Chinese culture and their numerous sub-cultures were founded on the agricultural way of life, centred around rice. Rice has had a strong influence on the social, economic, political and ideological developments of ancient China, and has been an ingredient with particular importance since the Qing Dynasty. Rice is used to brew wines and offered as a sacrifice to the Gods, and is delicately made into different kinds of food, which played a significant role in traditional Chinese festivities, including rice balls (tangyuan) for the Spring Festival, glutinous rice cakes (zongzi) for the Dragon Boat Festival and porridge or congee on the 8th day of the 12th lunar month, amongst others.
The aged care service and the disability service has been through the restructure for the government driven “consumer-directed” service model to improve competition in the industry, which aims to give the elderly and disabled more choices regarding who, when and how their services are delivered.
As these developments evolve in WA, each service provider can be seen as a bowl of rice, and customers will choose their favourite one among the others. How can CAC be the best bowl of rice for our clients? The answer is stronger teamwork and connections. Each person in our organisation is just like a grain of rice, the closer we work together, the stickier and more delicious our bowl of rice will be. With all our people working together to serve our customers, undoubtedly, CAC will be the most fragrant and delicious rice bowl, and the most welcomed service provider.
CAC has been through many changes since day one, but we never forget our original intention, the reason why we started this journey in the first place. We want to provide migrants with culturally appropriate aged care services and disability services, and build a better and stronger community for all. How we treat the elderly and those who have disabilities has a far-reaching impact on how we expect society to treat us. Therefore, as valuable members to both CAC and the community, please stick with us, set a good example to the next generation, and continue to support us to help build the community that we dreamed of.