Chloe Stott: A Single Mum’s Journey of Compassion and Community Service with St John WA
In the heart of Wyndham in WA’s North West, Chloe Stott is a shining example of what it means to be a dedicated St John WA volunteer.
As a single mother to a 13-year-old son and the manager of the only childcare centre in town, her life is testament to the unwavering commitment to both her family and her community.
Before Chloe joined St John WA, she was no stranger to volunteering.
In Perth, she was heavily involved with the charity ‘Family First – People Helping People’ with her family, providing warm meals, clothing, toiletries, and food packs to the homeless population in the city.
Her son was right there by her side, learning the value of compassion and community service from a young age.
When asked about her inspiration to become a St John WA volunteer, Chloe said she loves to help where she can, as it gives her so much happiness.
“I’ve always been interested in the medical field and becoming a paramedic or a midwife,” she said.
“But my family dynamic made it difficult for me to attend university, so becoming a St John volunteer was the next best thing.”
Chloe’s role with St John WA involves assisting paramedics with their tasks, and she’s currently in the process of training for her Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) certification.
This will enable her to be more hands-on and further expand her medical knowledge.
Chloe has been a St John WA volunteer for a year now, and her experience has been “nothing short of amazing”.
She works with a dedicated team who shares her passion for helping the community.
“I love every part of it and get to work with an incredible team,” she said.
Chloe’s journey as a volunteer has been a significant learning experience.
She’s discovered her ability to remain calm even in the most challenging situations and has found herself becoming the hand-holder.
“I always seem to end the job holding hands with the patient,” Chloe said.
“I just want them to feel safe and loved, regardless of the seriousness of the situation. I want them to know that even if it may be sadly their last moments, they were with someone who genuinely cared.”
For Chloe, the best thing about being a part of St John Wyndham is the opportunity to give back to her community, and she cherishes every moment of it.
Despite her busy life, she manages to fit volunteering into her schedule.
When asked about her aspirations within the St John community, Chloe expressed her eagerness to learn more and even pursue a career in paramedicine.
“Who knows, maybe one day I could be a paramedic myself,” she said.
Chloe’s advice to those considering volunteering with St John WA is simple but profound:
“Just do it,” she said.
“I started out just coming to training, and then took the plunge and did my first job. It was such a satisfying feeling to be helping both the patients and our paramedics, who work tirelessly on their own.”
Chloe’s dream is to one day help deliver a baby.
“I’m obsessed with everything babies, and it’s my dream to help give birth on a job,” she said. “So, we always joke that if that job ever comes up, I’m taking it.”
Chloe’s journey as a St John WA volunteer is testament to the power of compassion, community, and the indomitable spirit of those who are determined to make a difference in the lives of others.
Her story is an inspiration to all, reminding us that we can find the time and strength to give back to our communities, no matter how busy our lives may be.
Find out more about becoming a volunteer with St John WA: https://stjohnwa.com.au/changelives/volunteer