A brand new role means a new face around CatholicCare. Mirja is one of our Multicultural Family Support Workers, based out of the Mayfield office and supporting the Refugee Hub. She grew up in Sweden and after completing school undertook a Diploma of International Relations and Africa Studies, which involved working and studying in eastern Africa for five months. Upon completing her diploma, Mirja emigrated from Sweden and has lived in Australia for the past 18 years. In that time she has completed a Bachelor of Teaching/Social Science, worked as a high school teacher until her son was born, and teamed-up with her husband as manager of their hospitality business, which they sold at the end of last year. Since then, Mirja has volunteered to support refugees and wasn’t lacking in motivation when a position at CatholicCare became available. “I was very excited when I saw the job advertisement,” she said. “I felt it would be the perfect job for me. I am very passionate about social justice in general and about supporting refugees in particular. I feel honoured to have joined the amazing organisation that is CatholicCare.” Mirja said the most enjoyable and rewarding part about her role was supporting refugee families, and she has found beauty in the diversity of cultures and languages. She said the job is challenging and busy, and it can at times be quite emotional, but these are all the things she loves about it. She also loves the incredible support and friendly nature of everyone at CatholicCare. Fun fact about Mirja: she loves to scuba dive and snorkel, and said her most memorable highlights were swimming with a whale in The Philippines, and exploring the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands. Mirja is doing amazing work alongside Nina, our other Multicultural Family Support Worker, to support refugee families. If you see her around make sure you say “Hi” and make her feel welcome.