Maila Clavecillas Mahadurage proved that great things happen to those who don’t stop believing and learning. Despite working as an area manager in the UAE, handling all the branches of her company in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, she still equipped herself in the medical field, particularly in caregiving.
Married to a Srilankan national, the Filipina has completed the course in April, and in spite of the struggles that come with her full-time work, she ranked first.
Since the onset of the pandemic last year, and since her company is a school food-based, it was temporarily closed down. Mahadurage was still in her positive spirit even though it happened until the toughest thing hit her. It was when his father, whom he loved so much, rushed to the hospital after suffering from a stroke and stayed there for quite some time. She considered it as the lowest point of her life. She broke down, cried day and night. The strong woman everyone knew was shaken and had a hard time coping up with the event.
After almost a month in the hospital, Mahadurage’s father was out from danger and was released to go home.
She really cared about her father that much to the point that she opted to study a caregiver course in the Filipino Institute despite she is already at the peak of her career. She reviewed the training institute and found great feedback about its services. Mahadurage, however, thought she couldn’t do it–juggling her time managing all Abu Dhabi and Al Ain branches on weekdays and studying on weekends.
Day by day, she started to get the hang of it and started to enjoy the lesson. She became optimistic, calling her family in the Philippines from time to time, checking her father’s health, and advising them what needs to be done in taking care of their father.
“Kudos to my instructor, Mr. Kevin, as he did a great job in covering the course material. In this pandemic and worrying time, the class was made fun and engaging yet very informative. I especially appreciated how inclusive the instructor in keeping everyone on track and answering questions promptly. Overall, it was a very good learning experience in Filipino Institute,” she said adding that she plans to enroll for another course in the future.
Mahadurage is known as a very loving wife, hardworking, approachable, and friendly individual. She started as a front-of-the-house crew in 2012 and was awarded as the Best in Customer Service in 2013. She was later then promoted as the supervisor. In 2018, she was awarded as Best Person in Charge of the business among 32 branches all over UAE, and in the same year, she was promoted as the area manager to handle Abu Dhabi branches.