Shine Jang is the CAMS worker at Nambour Community Centre.
CAMS stands for Community Action for a Multicultural Society, and the CAMS program investment centres on delivering outcomes in social connectedness for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) individuals and community groups.
Shine gives an insight into what it is like to work at a Community Centre, and her motivations for working in the community service sector.
Hi I'm Shine - Shine Jang - I'm working here at the Nambour Community Centre as a multicultural community worker as well as a general community development worker. So the purpose of the Community Centre is a place for people to come and do something together, I think. I normally just link people to other people or other services if they are looking for service provision.
My journey with Nambour Community Centre started three years ago, more than, so at the time i was studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of the Sunshine Coast and this was my first placement as part of my Social Work journey. This is a place where I feel like home and I can just feel so much to be a part of so I'm just loving working in this organisation.
Over the three years I met really beautiful people from everywhere and everyone's story is just amazing - I truly believe that everyone has a story. put all the assumptions and judgment to the side and I can actually go and talk to people and having the courage to ask, you know, I'm really sorry but I don't know about your culture but can you tell me about yourself, can you tell me about your culture? I think that's curiosity and genuine connection with a person.
So we found that food always opens so many doors to connect people, to enjoy you know nice food with people from different cultural backgrounds and you will forget about their nationality and you just connect as genuine human beings, that's what I love and that's community for me.