End of a sparkling era sinks in
10 years ago school mates Keilan Marshall and Brendan Legg simultaneously secured casual jobs washing dishes and serving food at SwanCare in Bentley.
Both aged 16, the boys quickly grew fond of the job, interacting with aged care residents while earning some pocket money.
They loved their roles so much that they stayed on at SwanCare for over 10 years, even after they’d secured professional positions - Keilan is a high school teacher and Brendan is an exercise physiologist.
Still firm mates, Keilan believes his SwanCare job has provided much more than an extra pay check.
“I really enjoy the interactions with the residents and giving back,” Keilan said. “Taking the time to chat with them, you realise how much they have experienced and contributed to other people’s lives and to be able to give them a little of my time and learn from their life experiences has kept me here for so long.”
Brendan agrees, and also believes that his SwanCare role has been an important part of his career development.
“Working at SwanCare has helped me develop a strong sense of patience and compassion,” Brendan said. “I think these are two qualities that are invaluable in both everyday life and in my career.”
With the demands of their careers increasing, working two jobs has now become “a little too much” and the pair have decided it’s now time to concentrate solely on their professional roles.
“We wish Brendan and Keilan the very best and look forward to hearing about their future endeavours,” SwanCare CEO Graham Francis said. “They have done a wonderful job at SwanCare and I know many of our residents will miss their smiling faces.”