Ian inspires as new supervisor of Bidfood, Cairns

“I was a bit of an emotional wreck with things going on in my personal life. I deal with things a lot better than I used to. I can compartmentalise now.”

October 12 2017

Ian inspiring others at MAX Employment Cairns, North QLD.

In October 2015, 57 year old Ian arrived at MAX Employment Cairns with his confidence down and his morale low. With previous experience as an accredited judge for Gymnastics Australia and coach captain for a tour company, Ian was forced to resign from his job due to a shoulder injury. Ian’s shoulder pain left him physically limited, which in turn limited the type of jobs he could apply for. 

Two years later, through hard work and dedication, Ian is now Supervisor of Bidfood Cairns, Australia’s leading distributer of meat and fresh produce.

After working with MAX Health Services Officer (HSO) David DallAlba for over a year, Ian was able to improve both his physical and mental health. 

“Ian was motivated but his mood was really low. He was getting knocked back job after job and he had a lot of financial stress. He thought no one would hire him aged 55,” David said. 

 
“I worked with Ian to create a home exercise program for his shoulder, and referred him to a physiotherapist for manual therapy. I also referred him to a gym so he could keep fit and a personal HSO for his mental health.”

Ian says David helped him through a tough spot. 

“I was a bit of an emotional wreck with things going on in my personal life. I deal with things a lot better than I used to. I can compartmentalise now.” 


Once he felt job ready, the MAX Cairns team helped Ian apply and interview for a delivery driver job at Bidfood starting Decemeber 2016. After six months of continuous hard work, Ian was promoted to Supervisor. 

“To help the branch manager out I helped with keeping the vehicles maintained. I took on that role, and then I started writing rosters,” Ian explained. 

Ian also identified a more effective method of determining routes that has already improved productivity and received positive customer feedback.

“I said, ‘Let me help you with this’. I took it upon myself to organise the routes in a more logical sequence for efficiency.” 

The Bidfood Cairns branch is in the process of merging with another division of the company, and once it does, Ian will be in charge of the whole fleet and will reorganise the delivery runs to facilitate the increase in stock.

“I actually knocked back a different job with a mate because I’ve got my heart in this job. I could create change and see it working. That’s where I feel worth.”


Ian is now a regular guest speaker at MAX Employment Cairns, sharing his journey with other job seekers. He has already provided two job opportunities and will continue to work with the Cairns team with any further vacancies. 

Ian has a favourite quote that he says has kept him going for the last thirty years. 

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” 

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