💜 MEET PETYA ZHELEZAROVA 💜
Petya Zhelezarova moved with her family from Bulgaria in 2006. Tired of the -26 degrees in winter and worried about the lack of opportunity for their two sons (6 and 8 at the time). Petya’s family migrated to South Australia under her husband’s visa application.
Petya arrived on our shores not knowing a word of English. She had been a PE Teacher in Bulgaria and funnily enough, her qualifications were recognised here by the Teachers Registration Board, but her lack of English was not!
Once Petya had studied English enough to feel confident, she was ready to teach again. Her sons stopped her in her tracks, saying that the kids would tease her accent. So Petya had to rethink her next move and decided to study nursing instead.
Petya completed her Bachelor of nursing in 2013 from Flinders University. She worked as a carer during her studies and completed Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) in the aged care sector. As soon as Petya completed her TPPP she become a mentor and her leadership potential and passion for aged care was quickly obvious. Petya completed leadership programs, became a continence nurse and she was one of the presenters in the Aging in a Foreign Land conference. Petya recently completed an Infection Prevention and Control lead program.
Petya is a lifelong learner having gained study scholarships and multiple qualifications along the way. Her Masters in Nursing is almost complete, and while she is embarrassed to admit she first started her masters in 2016, she has been a busy lady in the meantime!
Having covered for her managers in the past, Petya had a lifelong goal to become a manager herself. She was able to realise this last year when the Hahndorf Facility Manager left and she put her hand up to take over. Petya’s passion for her role is immediately obvious when you speak to her and she says she is so grateful for the opportunity Infinite Care have awarded her.
Do you know an amazing and passionate woman who has been unafraid to #breakthebias