Nherrie’s Story: The Power of Presence

Nherrie, a team leader at Sahara Services, has a unique journey in the disability field. Despite being a registered nurse, she decided to follow her heart and work in a field that she fell in love with. “I have about five years of experience working within the industry,” Nherrie shared.
In her early days at just 18 years old, Nherrie started as a support worker, providing one-on-one and drop-in support. “It didn’t feel like a job. It was so exciting to go hang out with the participants and learn with them,” she recalled. She particularly enjoyed teaching essential skills like cooking to the individuals she supported.
Now, Nherrie manages two houses, each with a specific number of participants. Holistic care is of utmost importance to her. “Coming from a nursing background, it is something that I strive for when I’m looking after the houses,” Nherrie explained. Her goal is to ensure the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of the individuals in her care and provide them with choices and control over their lives.
As a team leader, Nherrie’s role involves advocating for her participants and meeting their individual needs. She shared, “The most important quality of a team leader is to be present, be present in my houses… to really hear what they’re saying. What do they want? What do they need? How can I better support them?”
One aspect Nherrie cherishes about her role is spending meaningful time in the houses, engaging with participants face to face. This direct interaction allows her to build strong interpersonal relationships and understand the unique requirements of each individual. Sahara Services, the organization she works for, plays a crucial role in supporting her growth and leadership development.
Nherrie’s story is a testament to the power of presence in the disability field. By being actively engaged, empathetic, and responsive to the needs of the individuals she supports, she has created a positive impact on their lives. Her dedication and commitment inspire not only her team but also everyone in the disability support community.