Nyari joined NAB from the African Australian Inclusion Program and has never looked back.
Name: Susanna Hondrokostas
Your role: Senior Consultant, Brand Identity
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
I was born in Cyprus and moved to Australia in 1974. I was eight years old when Turkey invaded Cyprus and the war began. It was a bit of an adventure, well to an eight year old anyway, I'm sure my parents didn't see it that way. Those events changed my family’s lives forever.
I'm a creative person, with a strategic edge, which is why I think I love my job so much.
How have you made a difference?
I can think of many examples but the most significant for me, and the most recent, was when my husband George was diagnosed with cancer, malignant melanoma. It was a huge shock for our family, and a rollercoaster of operations and various treatments to help prevent the spread. We were constantly in and out of hospital.
Sadly the cancer was very aggressive and we were just not winning the race against it and within 18 months my husband passed away. It was a devastating loss for my girls and I, and of course for the rest of our family. Throughout the entire time of my husband’s illness, NAB was there for me. My amazing team, my managers, and the whole Marketing team, all gave me the love and support I needed to keep going. I was given the freedom to work from home and the hospital, which meant I could spend as much time as possible with my husband - something I appreciated so much. My family were so moved by how many friends from NAB attended the funeral. It meant so much to me to have my NAB family there to support me.
What are you passionate about?
The Melanoma March is close to my heart. I organise a group of family and friends, including some pretty special friends from NAB who join us on the walk every year. Every little bit of fundraising helps.
Family is everything to me, my girls are very precious. It’s hard at times to get the balance right as we're all busy but we try. My favourite thing to do is go out for family dinner once a week; it was a tradition my husband started and we are keeping it up. It's a time where we can talk about anything and really connect.