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More than 30 years’ service for couple at MHA Aughton Park where they had their first job

10 November 2023

A couple working at MHA Aughton Park have a combined service of more than 30 years and say they can’t see themselves working anywhere else.

Celestino and Jocelyn ‘Joy’ Canas have been working at the Ormskirk home ever since they arrived in the UK.

The pair are originally from the Philippines, and it was Joy who first moved to the UK, 17 years ago, leaving behind her husband and three children, with the youngest being 18 months to help establish a better life for them.

Celestino arrived with the children two years later and started working at the home and has done ever since resulting in a combined work service of 31 years.

Joy worked as a nurse in the Philippines and is a care assistant at the home, whilst Celestino had worked in various roles and is currently a domestic assistant. 

Speaking about what has kept them at the home Joy said: “I came over from the Philippines to the UK and initially it was different.

“There was a big cultural difference and I managed to adjust.

“I really enjoy working at MHA Aughton Park and it's a great home to work, the staff are always there to support one another and I feel very accepted.

“During the pandemic I had to leave work and go to America to look after my aunt, the management assured me my job was safe and kept it for me.

“This was my first job in the UK and I really hope it's my last.”

Celestino added: “I have worked in various roles and again to reiterate what Joy said it's a great home to work in.

“I don't think I can see myself working anywhere else.

“The staff and residents are a great bunch of people and I really enjoy coming into work.

“There was a lot of support for one another especially during the pandemic.

“I have been here for 15 years, and I am very happy and keep smiling every day when I am at work.”

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