Our people, our Vision
Vision Super has enough members to fill the MCG, and we know each of you has a unique story to tell. Inspired by the famous ‘Humans of New York’ Facebook page we decided to introduce ourselves to some of our members in person and share their stories and pictures with other members.
Our community and our members are at the centre of everything we do, so it’s great to hear about who they are, what they value, what their lives are like, and their hopes and fears. It’s not just inspirational, it’s also a great way to stay connected to the people we work for every day.
This job is more family orientated, it allowed me to have a family, and at the end of the day, that’s why we work – for ourselves and our families. I want to make a comfortable life for my kids and I hope they can have some stability in their lives."
I guess I became an engineer because I was curious as to how things worked. Like any study, engineering can be challenging but it’s nice that it paid-off and I can work here and have some security.
I’m looking forward to my future in this career and I’m just going to see where it will take me next.”
With all the information that’s available online, and the fact that I can check on my super just by logging in…it makes me think ‘Crikey - why didn’t I do this earlier!’
I am glad that I’ve finally sorted my super out though. It’s nice to have confidence in my retirement plan.”
I want my kids to be able to do whatever job makes them happy. If they end up doing something like this, then so be it – but I would prefer that they did something less hands-on."
When I’m not here, I’m fishing. If money was no object, I’d fish all day. I’ve got a wife and three daughters at home - I’ve got to get on the water sometimes and escape!”
The inspector looked quizzically at me and asked me 'Why 20 years?' I answered 'Well by then I will be 39 and still young enough to do something else.' I was wrong though I stayed in that job for 20 years and 1 day!"
I’m quite disappointed, maybe even a bit angry that we never learned about super and tax in school. I can only imagine how difficult it would be for someone without any access to help, and I worry that they wouldn’t know their rights and entitlements. I think there needs to be more emphasis on helping young people and women become financially literate."
My daughter’s childhood is so different to what mine was. So much of her world revolves around electronics and being indoors, whereas when I was a kid, I was always playing outside.
My daughter and I go back to Samoa and visit my family every now and again. She was born here, and the first time I brought her to Samoa she was amazed. It was like my reaction to the Sydney lights but reversed - she couldn’t get over the fact that there were just chickens, pigs and dogs just roaming around!"
Working in your community is important, I’ve worked for councils all my life and I’ve been blessed with the work I’ve done here. The people are good, and they’re all trying to do the best they can for our community.
I like the conditions here. You know what your job is, and you’ve got the freedom of how you do it without someone looking over your shoulder. I tend to work better like that, with an element of trust between myself and my employer.
When I’m not working, I like oil painting and public speaking, doing a bit of gardening and reading. I hope retirement is more of the same.”
I was educated in the area, went through university, and it’s catered for all my needs. I’ve heard it described like a sense of tribalism. And it’s weird – I’ve worked outside the west for a while – maybe five years, but I was always keen to get back to the west again. It’s just that sense of being able to give something back to the community.
They say it’s something in you, you’re either a person that wants to work for an organisation that helps the community, or you want to work for an organisation that’s there for profit. I’ve always found myself drawn to the organisations that work for the community."
Vikki and Rebecca
Rebecca: "I don’t usually tell people here she’s my mum, or that I live with her, but to be honest, we don’t mind working and living together. We’re only living together until she’s in a nursing home though!"
I think I chose to become a town planner because it’s a diverse field you get to do a bit of architecture, engineering and design among things.
I often wonder and worry a bit about a few things and how they will pan out in the future - housing affordability, car dependency and peoples' attitudes towards the environment to name a few.”
There are language barriers and you need to have quite a bit of situational awareness in this job, but I enjoy helping bridge that gap between the council and its residents.”
For now, we’re focused on raising our daughter. I feel like we’ve set ourselves up and I don’t worry too much about us financially.
I do wonder what life will be like for my daughter, I don't think I could be a kid in the world now – too much of life revolves around mobile phones and technology.”