The Filipino community in Dubai is fortunate to have somebody like Juliet Solas looking after the welfare of some of our most distressed.
An exceptional nurse by profession who was the recipient of a Dubai Excellence Award, Juliet trains newly-hired nurses for NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Latifa Hospital in Dubai. She says, “As a nurse, I feel I am at the peak of my career; I am able to impart my knowledge and skills to new staff, being their trainer and mentor.”
Juliet’s success and the respect that she has garnered at the workplace, however, is only eclipsed by the volunteer work she has done for the Filipino community through the years. Serving as the coordinator between the authorities and the community, she helps in Filipino cases, especially in the repatriation of Filipino patients. Moreover, as part of her work for the Legion of Mary, she has conducted hospital and prison visits, extending warmth and a listening ear to Filipinos who are in dire need of hope. Together with other community volunteers, she has also actively participated in initiatives to help distressed Filipinos back home, especially in times of calamities.
Juliet fervently hopes for the upliftment of Filipinos who are challenged in life. She says, “I hope that despite all the challenges that we are usually facing, that we remain strong to hold on to our values as Filipino people, to choose the right path. I believe in the goodness of Filipino and the beauty of our country.”
Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf – JULIET SOLAS – Modern-day Florence Nightingale
A Dubai Excellence awardee and a respected figure in the Filipino Community in Dubai, nurse Juliet Solas is involved in socio-civic work as part of the Legion of Mary, a worldwide organization conducting different apostolate missions such as hospital and prison visits. Of what continues to inspire and inform her strong sense of volunteerism, Juliet says, “The death of my mother many years ago inspired me to extend my hand to those in need and to volunteer – that even if I am working away from home, and I may not be able to help my family physically, there are so many people in front of me that needs help.”
To Juliet, volunteer work nurtures both ways. She is able to utilize her knowledge and skills to offer healthcare to the needy, and in turn, their stories and gratitude inspire her to do more. “The warm smiles and appreciation from the people I have shared my time with are priceless,” she says. “This energized me more and I am so eager to do more even with my tight schedule. The endless stories they share make me realize a lot of things, and it inspires and enriches me in different ways.”
Her fulfilment comes from being a continuing source of inspiration for others. “I want to at least touch the hearts of many people I have worked with,” she says. “I try to make it a daily task to inspire, and even share a warm smile to people to give them the strength and brighten their day. And I hope, through this, they would also share this to others. Like the saying goes, “A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple.”