Zuka Alber used to dream of becoming an Australian citizen.
Now the 29-year-old Western Sydney Local Health District employee can call Australia home for the rest of her life, after becoming a citizen and sharing her story at a ceremony in Darling Harbour on Australia Day.
Zuka came to Australia with her parents and younger brother from Syria via Jordan five years ago.
The family settled in Fairfield Heights and soon afterwards, Zuka began studying a Bachelor of Health Science at Western Sydney University.
Her story of coming to Australia, studying at university and securing fulltime work so inspired the Department of Home Affairs that after informing she’d passed the Australian Citizenship exam, they asked Zuka if she would like to feature in a video to be played at the ceremony
“I was hesitant at first but they said I had a good story and a friendly personality and insisted I should participate and share my story – something my family, friends and colleagues also supported and encouraged me to do,” Zuka said.
“We have so many family members living in Australia from my mother’s side and more family members living here than in any other part of the world.
“I really love living in Australia there are so many opportunities for work, the beaches are beautiful and the people are friendly.”
The proud Aussie has been an executive assistant in the Integrated and Community Health Nursing and Clinical Governance team since July 2019, and said she enjoys working in a friendly and supportive environment.
Integrated and Community Health Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance, Jennifer Fitzsimons, congratulated Zuka for sharing her story and her success in starting her career at WSLHD.
“Zuka is an inspiring and amazing lady! She’s dedicated, caring and committed to her work and I’m so proud she’s part of our team,” Jennifer said.
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