Congratulations to Lou, who after 18 years as a Disability member is retiring.
Working in the care sector for over 35 years, with 18 of those as a Disability Support Worker, Lou has made it her life purpose to bring love and care to others.
“I went into this work because of how I was brought up, at times it was a hard upbringing,” she said.
“I want to know that I’ve done good in my life by bringing support to others, to those who need it the most.”
Before venturing into Disabilities, Lou worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and even worked with Former United Voice WA President Nina Devlin.
Lou has always been a strong advocate for human rights and workers rights.
“I joined the union because everyone deserves a fair go and I’ve seen employers exploit workers and we need to fight it.”
Over her membership Lou has taken parts in multiple union rallies, bargaining agreements and political rallies and has seen the union go through change.
“I’ve always been proud of my union family and how we’ve grown,” she said.
“We support each other through the good and the bad and that’s what makes me proud.”
Lou spoke of her fond memories of being an active member.
“I love the comradery and the empowerment you get from rallies,” she said.
“I’ll never forget the picketline, where we stood outside of our employers head office,”
“They [employers] were shocked at the dedication, the media took hold of it and we felt like we had won the lottery… We were proud and we were strong.”
After years dedicated to helping others, Lou said she will be taking some time for herself.
“I think I’m going to take a step back and go on a holiday and catch up with friends I haven’t been able to see for a while and I’m looking forward to it.”
As Lou reflects on her time in the union she said she wants to see the union movement keep pushing and fighting.
“We need to be active and we need to keep fighting. Don’t give up – Never give up.”
To those who aren’t in the union, her message is clear:
“Join your union, you’ve got nothing to lose but so much gain.”
And while Lou is retiring and taking a step back she insists this isn’t the last of her union presence.
“I’ll still be around - You can’t get rid of me that easily.”
Well done to you Lou, and best of luck with your retirement.