Patient, 30, has ‘always loved technical jobs’. When he was in high school he dreamed of working in a mechanical field, even becoming a mechanical engineer. But his dreams were put on hold when he and his family were forced to flee their home in the Congo (DRC) and live as refugees for six years in the neighbouring Congo Brazzaville.
Over 40 years ago, a ground-breaking business appeared on a street in Mount Waverley, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. One of Australia’s first opportunity shops, it was established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Women’s Auxiliary and remains a successful business as well as a meeting place for the community.