AEIOU, one of the ways we celebrate our team is through our Staff Reward & Recognition Program, which is based on our team values of Support, Teamwork, Excellence and Passion (STEP). Linh Huynh is our 2019 Employee of the Year! At Linh’s colleagues, and all of us at AEIOU, are thrilled that Linh's exceptional work has been recognised.
Linh is an Occupational Therapist and for the last 2 ½ years has been an integral part of our AEIOU Toowoomba centre, where she’s very much appreciated by the children, families and her team. She shares some of her experiences at AEIOU and how she felt receiving the Employee of the Year Award.
“Before I started at AEIOU, I was on the search for an opportunity to work with children and their families that was fun, crazy, challenging, and rewarding. What really attracted me to join AEIOU was the organisation’s mission and values, they were something I could see myself working towards every day.
“The individuals that I get to work with, the families and the children are what inspire me. My team and colleagues go above and beyond every day, and put up with my jokes, our families show me what true dedication really is, and our children who keep me on my toes never cease to amaze me,” Linh said.
“Seeing the progress that our children make from when we first met them, whether big or small, or whether we’ve been working on the goal for a week or for months, is amazing.
“Having a little girl say “Linh are you okay?” when I accidentally fall off my chair; watching a little boy hand out a celebratory piece of graduation cake to each one of his friends; a group of four friends waiting for their turn on a swing; every single time a child is toilet trained; a little girl grabbing my hand and leading me to the cupboard to request for her favourite musical toy; a group of children copying the actions to one of my favourite song, Wheels on the Bus – I could go on. These little moments are what keeps me coming back.
“I’m proud of the relationships I have formed with my team and our families. I love that I have the opportunity to create those bonds with our families, chat about food and other interests (mostly food), and work towards giving our children the best chance of achieving the skills that will set them up for their next big chapter.
“It will come as no surprise to anybody that the industry we have chosen can be challenging and tiring at times - but it is also incredibly rewarding and fun. Where else could a grown adult come to work dressed as a giant parrot and have no one bat an eye?
“Being recognised as the 2019 Employee of the Year was something I never expected; I was shocked, surprised, thankful, grateful and happy. But I could not do what I do without the support of an incredible team right there with me.
“To every single person within our organisation who comes to work every day to do a job, and does it with excellence, passion, dedication, kindness, positivity, excitement, compassion, sincerity, patience, and a crazy sense of humour - I say thank you.”