Credit where credit is due: Sofia Simopoulos

Sofia (left) and the team at Fronditha care, Thornbury

Celebrating 20 years with Fronditha care in Thornbury (Melbourne), Sofia Simopoulos is the latest recipient of the OSCARS Recognition of Excellence program – presented by the OSCAR Care Group.

Sofia was born in Greece and moved to Australia when she was 14 years old. With Bill, her husband of 46 years’ marriage, she has three children (Helen, Jim & Victoria) and five grandchildren. Sofia spent many years bringing up her children and then decided to seek employment again.

When Sofia was asked about her decision to re-enter the workforce through a career in aged care, “The love I have of being able to care and contribute to the wellbeing of our elderly was my main motivation to seek employment in Aged Care”

Initial hospitality training started with her employment at Fronditha care in 2001 when the facility was just 30-bed, later increasing to 120 beds in 2013.

During her years at Fronditha, Sophia has worked in both the laundry and kitchen departments and since 2013 as a laundry assistant.

She was proud to achieve her Certificate III modules in Hospitality. Sofia shares, “My definition of hard work is working to the best of my ability, not being unnecessarily distracted and focusing on servicing our residents on time.”

Sofia loves working at Fronditha care. She says “We are a tight-knit team in the laundry and respect plays its role in creating a good working relationship.

I have made very good friends over the years.”

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