- Wednesday 27 January 2016
More than 220 local residents officially became the Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian citizens at an Australia Day ceremony held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on Tuesday, January 26
Isadora Fortuna, formerly from the Philippines and now living in Beerburrum, was one of the citizenship recipients and was keen to share the story of why she decided to call Australia home.
Isadora first visited as a tourist in 1999 and said she fell in love with Australia from the moment she landed.
“I left the Philippines when I was 24, and spent the next 17 years working in Singapore as a teacher’s aide,” Isadora said.
“When I came to Australia on holiday with my son, who was only three years old at the time, I instantly fell in love with the friendly, vibrant, and multi-cultural way of life.
“Living in Singapore, I felt there was constant pressure to excel. People really pushed themselves in pursuit of the 5C’s - cash, car, credit card, condo and country club – but that kind of lifestyle just wasn’t for me.
“I met my wonderful husband in Singapore through a mutual friend, and we got married in 2010 in Grafton, NSW.
“A year later we decided to make the move to Australia.
“It was a bit scary to move here without family and friends and without a job, but I knew it was the right move for us.
“My husband, who is Australian, used to holiday on the Sunshine Coast with his family, and I had heard many people speak of it as an area with beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland, so I knew it would be a wonderful place to live.
“After we settled, I volunteered for a year at Beerburrum State School as a teacher’s assistant, which was a great way for me to meet people and make new friends.
“I love the outdoors, and am now working part time in a zucchini farm picking zucchini flowers.
“One of the great things about living on the Sunshine Coast is, when you’ve had enough of the beach, you are only a short drive away from the stunning hinterland.
“Becoming an Australian citizen is a real privilege and I hope I can contribute something to this wonderful country in the years ahead.”
Australian Citizenship Ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast are held bi-monthly in locations across the region.
Click here for further information on Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.