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Meet our Super 6

Thank you to all who participated in the Super 6 challenge. The personal stories about your well-being journeys had a positive impact on your colleagues and inspired the AECOM global community! It has truly been a super six months. Click on each of the winners to learn more about their story, and feel free to browse the other 100+ stories below that were submitted throughout the challenge.



Darren Rounce

United Kingdom   |   June 30, 2021

Good day everyone 🙂 Previously I used to think of sleep as a waste of time and sometimes found something to do, that I felt was more interesting. As a father of five and someone whom used to travel a lot with work, being at home in my space when the family had gone to sleep seemed desirable. As I have become older this habit is not so easy to maintain and has knock on effects that were not quite as prevalent before. I think I always new the truth of the matter, but there was a little voice in me that said I was super human (just me?). Since joining AECOM two years ago I have learnt more than I probably realise, not just what is involved within my new role but also the experience of working within an organisation, where there is an obvious interest in the wellbeing of everyone. This week I have downloaded the “myStrength” app to my mobile and set a plan so as not fall back into bad habits with my sleep patterns. I have been using the mindfulness breathing techniques for a few of weeks now and they definitely help me in preparation, to focus on a new task. The has a number of positive and useful areas to explore and this morning I have viewed the tips for setting wellbeing goals. From this I shall be producing a Vision board (portable in my note book) featuring my goal to become fitter so that I can be prepared for when we (my team mates) can resume table tennis competition, after the rules allow. To start with I shall be aiming to double my steps per day and use my bicycle for approximately 30-60mins a day at the weekend. I know it’s that its not the schedule of an athlete and some may chuckle at this, though rest assured no lycra will be involved in the achievement of this goal.

Phil Tropea
United States
Phil Tropea

Nice sense of focus Darren, A good and adequate amount of sleep is very important in fact I’ve heard that sleep deprivation can actually damage our genetics…
I also focus on healthy eating and supplements.
As long as the supplements are water soluble your body will dispose of anything that’s not fully utilized, and our home eating habits have incorporated two glasses of water before sleep two glasses of water before meals and two glasses of water first thing in the morning… drinking water at some of these crucial times can avoid a heart attack and a stroke.
We’ve gone organic as much as possible and yesterday for the first time for dinner we had avocado fritters with roasted peppers and roasted garlic, boy it was a good !
Since it was so easy to prepare I told my wife oh great you could do the dishes… Oops, anyway you blend in mozzarella cheese with the avocado with some pepper and one egg and you can bake it or put it in an air fryer…
Keep up the good work !

Darren Rounce
United Kingdom
Darren Rounce

Thanks for the feedback and info Phil and I do like the sound of those fritters, I shall have to give them a whirl at home. Take care!

United Kingdom
Claire Kearney

I am a huge fan on myStrength – my post is focused on it. I’m still exploring and learning more about it’s capabilities and support each day.

United Kingdom
Emma Barker

Hi Darren. As a mum of two young boys, I often find myself staying up late when everyone is asleep just to carve out a bit of time for myself – just as you have done. I know that this isn’t always the best idea, particularly with a busy job. Appreciate the tips on the resources available, I’ll have to check those out.


Brett Humphry

United States   |   August 9, 2021

In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking although I recently had a bad crash and had to be life flighted off the mountain where I was camping. I shattered my pelvis and entire hip, had a 8″ laceration to the side of my thigh where you could see the femur bone and had two blood transfusions. The surgeon is top in his field and said it was the worst shattering of the hip he’d ever seen in 30 years. There wasn’t even enough bone left to put in a new hip. First surgery for laceration was 3.5 hours and my hip surgery was over 7 hours under the knife because they had to piece together what little bone was left, along with plenty of screws and metal plates. As I mentioned I had two blood transfusions and the doctors say I very easily could have died on the mountain because I lost so much blood from my gash to my femur. But I got lucky, as another rider, who was an EMT put a tourniquet on my leg once he found me. Then, I was in the Trauma Unit for 11 nights.

Now, it is 3.5 months later. I wasn’t allowed to bear weight on my right foot, knee or hip for 3 whole months. They said it would take 6 weeks to relearn to walk. I was walking with a cane for 1.5 weeks and now I’m walking without assistance. Still need to get stronger to walk well again. I have just been approved to try my Peloton bike, the doctors said I wouldn’t have the range of motion, and have ridden each ride by increasing my rides by 5 minutes more. I’m up to 20 minutes and about 3 miles a ride. I also go to Physical Therapy twice a week and have hired a top personal trainer that I will start with in 2 weeks. During these sessions, I’ll be working on my injured areas as well as the rest of my body, because I atrophied so much during the idle 3 months. Way ahead of surgeons schedule and getting stronger and better every day.

Thanks for reading and considering me!

Very respectfully,
Brett Humphry

United States
Beverly Richardson

What an amazing story of inspiration….thanks for sharing Brett.

Brett Humphry
United States
Brett Humphry

Hi Beverly. Thank you so much. It’s been a rough road but nothing I couldn’t handle. I’m now walking pretty good and have hired a personal trainer and still go to physical therapy twice a week. I’m hoping this all aids in being able to get back on my bike again soon. I really miss it. Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful day!


Mariana Marcano

Australia   |   September 6, 2021

My well-being transformation started in 2018 when I felt sick with tummy pain every day, wasn’t sleeping well, and friends started “complimenting” me with “you look different, your arms look fatter, are you pregnant?”
Don’t get me wrong, all those comments contributed to making the biggest decision of transforming my life into a healthier one.
One of my good friends from school Sonia has become my health mentor. She always quotes Hippocrates, “Before you heal someone, ask them if they are willing to give up the things that make them sick.” Spot on!
I realised that I needed to change my habits and routines to feel better.
What did I do?
One of the most important steps in my transformation was to find help and support. You need to research and educate yourself with meaningful content that nurtures and guides your journey.
I started with a dietitian (from the Australian health system) who gave great advice on starting my health journey. I also visited a sports expert who guided me on what exercises to do to build a routine.
People procrastinate their decisions to be healthier because they think that dietitians, personal trainers, gym memberships are expensive and can’t afford it. Guess what. I didn’t have to pay for anything. I always used free resources, and I did a lot of self-learning.
What did I implement?
Healthy eating. “Are you on a diet?” NO, NO. Diets have limits. I eat healthily and in BALANCE! I sometimes crave pizza or ice cream, but I crave vegetables and delicious protein most of my days.
Exercise. I would be the kind of person that says “I can’t run” or “I can’t do a push-up”. I was doing yoga sometimes, a Zumba class to move this Latin body, but no more than that.
It’s not that I jumped to exercise crazily. I slowly progressed into routines and the habit. I started feeling in love, enjoying what I was doing and loving my body and mind results. I’m proud of my endurance and resistance.
Meditation. Apart from my usual yoga, I started a 21-day meditation to lose weight. Weird right? It’s not that you lose weight meditating, but you can undoubtedly transform your mindset to understand that you are strong, can do everything you want in life, and feel empowered. You are capable of everything.
My mindset is stronger than ever. Because when you are patient and have commitment, discipline, determination, motivation and inspiration, you are capable of anything.
I came to Australia 11 years ago with beautiful 57 kilos, really skinny. December 2018, I reached 70 kilos. September 2021, I weigh 60 kilos and practice yoga, pilates and CrossFit.
Today I am proud to be part of a company that supports my wellbeing journey. It makes me happy to participate in the activities organised in Canberra (walks, yoga classes, boot camps) because they keep me active and share quality time with my AECOM colleagues. I also have the opportunity to share part of my well-being passion and skills. At the end of September, I will teach a Zumba class for all employees in lockdown (fun!).
Thank you for reading my story

Roger Griffiths

Well done Champ!

Karen Billington

well done Mariana

Sarah Lawrence

Inspirational and achievable – the best combination!

New Zealand
Glenda Dobbyn

Inspirational, I started doing meditation and honestly it has really transformed my mindset and how I respond to challenges. What an inspirational journey Mariana.


Job Bergancia

Philippines   |   October 12, 2021

I miss outdoor activities, playing basketball, performing together with my band in front of crowded people, and climbing a mountain. I miss the traffic going to the office, the crowded street, the noise and smile of your officemates, and the small talk with different people that you encounter every day.

Yes, everything changes because of this pandemic. There is also a time that I feel sadness, anxiety, and depression. A 360-degree change in our daily grind setting. The good thing in AECOM there is a lot of platforms wherein you can collaborate, communicate with others, share your ideas and emotions, and read articles that can boost your resilience and wellbeing. Getting connected with my colleagues in AECOM here in Manila, to our colleagues in Bangalore to our counterparts in West and East of US and different team and bosses makes me motivated and feels like I’m with the crowd again.

I’m happy despite what is happening globally because there is still a lot of reason for us to get up, take a bath every day (haha) and get in front of our workstation and work hard for our future and especially for our family.
There is still hope in my mind hearth that everything is going to be alright like what Bob Marley says. Let’s just focus on our goal, pray for it and work hard for it.
Tomorrow is a new day and I believed that tomorrow I can go back to the outdoor and climb the mountains.

Thank you for reading and I hope I share something with you.

Job Bergancia

Divyasri Manoharan

Thank you for sharing!

Santanu Chakrabartty

Thanks 🙂



Oliver San Juan

Great perspective. Thank you for sharing, Job!

Life sure has changed since 2020, but with scenery like in your photo there are plenty of “good things” to immerse in.
Thanks for your insight


Banghe Yue

China   |   November 15, 2021

I am a person who is passionate about traveling around the world. Due to the pandemic, many of the originally arranged travel plans have been reluctantly canceled, many old friends who haven’t been visited for years also not be able to get together as scheduled. The disruption of my life rhythm made me very anxious and frustrated. This emotion even made me depressed for a long time and not interested in anything. Many of my colleagues and friends asked me whether I had encountered a major setback in life, but I did not know how to describe my predicament at that time. After a period of insomnia, I found that my work efficiency and mental wellbeing were seriously affected. I suddenly realized that it was time to change. I said to myself, James, you must do it, and you can do it!

I started to google how to get out of depression, and the most mentioned method is physical exercise. My favorite activity during university in Canada was swimming with schoolmates every weekend. I always felt relaxed and joyful after swimming. But I haven’t swam for quite a long time since I moved to Shenzhen and joined AECOM, as I was busy trying to settle down in this new city. After reflection, I decided to pick up swimming again. To help myself rebuild the swimming habit, I started by forcing myself to go swimming every other weekend, and then gradually increase the frequency, now I typically go swimming twice a week.

A few months ago, my colleague recommended a set of tutorials for indoor stretching on AECOM’s Well-Being official website. I didn’t hesitate to start doing some stretching exercises according to the tutorial an hour before bed. It was very helpful for my insomnia problem. Now I fell asleep quickly and my sleep quality had been improved significantly.

Through swimming and stretching exercises, my life quality, mental wellbeing and even work efficiency have been significantly improved. I finally walked out of depression and I came back to a healthy life again! The passionate, positive me is back!

Due to the worldwide vaccination and the development of coronavirus drugs, the pandemic situation has begun to become optimistic and clear. I am looking forward to my delayed travels in the near future, and I also hope to see my old friends whom I haven’t seen for many years soon.

Thank you for reading my story and hope you all stay safe and well during the pandemic!

James Yue

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George Luo

nice post! keep moving on

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jinxuan Wu

good share post, hope everyone all stay safe and well during the pandemic!

Zhou Jie


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chen lihua

A very inspirational story, self-knowledge and adjustment, is a good example for us to learn from, a good example, James

Chen Runhua

Great sharing, sports can make us relax from tired work


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