Putting pride into work, life and identity
Since leaving St Ed’s, and completing his schooling at McCarthy Catholic College, Rhys Cameron has definitely been busy. He went on to the University of New England to study a Bachelor of Social Work, and worked in Child Protection in QLD before moving to Sydney to take up a role in the pediatric oncology team at The Children’s Hospital Westmead. Rhys then moved to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where he was a frontline worker during the pandemic as the Covid-19 Social Worker, before taking up a permanent position in the Heart and Lung stream working in thoracic medicine, cardio-thoracic surgery, and heart and lung transplants.
Rhys has set high standards for himself, taking a role as Chair of the St Vincent’s Network for Young Professional Leaders, and developing clinical projects and pathways with executive staff.
Rhys says moving away from regional NSW provided him with a lot of opportunities both professionally and personally where he spoke on the impacts of social exclusion and mental health in young men, being part of a Water Polo Team and competing in Paris, securing a senior position at the age of 28, and being recognised in his chosen field of Social Work.
Though he has traveled a long way since his days in Tamworth, Rhys still has many fond memories of his time at St Ed’s.
“The square lasagnas at the canteen every Thursday – you cannot beat them. Also, handball on the asphalt and making my way up the squares. The sports carnivals and swimming carnivals were also a highlight. Especially in Year 6 when I was a Sports Captain, leading the house through chanting and cheering at the side of the pool and on the track,” Rhys says.
Rhys also remembers the impact Mr Mark Makepeace, his Year 3 teacher, had on him.
“Mr Makepeace would have to take the cake. His generosity and humour made the days at school so fast but also ensured that he built up our physical and emotional well-being whilst addressing our academic needs. He provided support in a calming manner. I always enjoyed primary school and all the teachers were great assets to my career and personal life.”
We’re proud to hear of Rhys’ achievements, and the pride he has put into his work, life and identity.