Celebrating the achievements of Identitywa staff in 2020
It was a morning of great celebration when Identitywa gathered to announce their 2020 Employee Recognition Awards and to present Years of Service Awards on Friday 20 November 2020.
The annual awards ceremony may have been a smaller gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the emotion of recipients and pride of their colleagues was ‘big’!
Board Chair, Graeme Mander and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Re, acknowledged the many achievements of staff during “what has been a challenging time”.
“We extend our sincere thanks for the commitment and dedication of each of these people who have been nominated by families and their co-workers,” said Graeme.
“The Board is very proud that throughout the year the dedication of our staff and their commitment to the people we support, despite the challenges that COVID-19 restrictions, was totally consistent.”
Marina thanked all for attending and said she was very pleased Identitywa was still able to host the awards and be together to celebrate the achievements of staff.
“It was wonderful to hear the reasons people were nominated as they received their awards,” said Marina.
“The nomination of Jenny Scott was particularly moving.
“We heard that her leadership and the support of her team has been life-changing for one of the woman living in the shared house where Jenny is currently House Senior.
“Jenny, in collaboration with the person’s family and speech therapist, developed a communication strategy with the goal of enhancing her communications skills,” explains Marina.
“Jenny ensured that staff closely followed the strategy with the result being that she has spoken one/two-word phrases over the past 6 months – after not speaking for 39 years!” “Just an amazing outcome.”
When asked what motivated her, Jenny explained that she found it incredibly rewarding and satisfying to see people achieve their life-goals.
“My inspiration every day I work is the people I support. Their friendship and trust are very important to me. They are like family to me.
“I have to say though, that it is a team effort. The amazing support and commitment of the people I work with makes all the difference.
Jenny and her team delighted to be receiving their award.
The 2020 Employee Recognition Award winners were:
Support workers: Danielle Guildea, Maya Ha, Lauren Henry, Dayne Metzner, Tammy Whelan, Jenny Scott and Lily Sobieralski,
- Team Leader, Noelle Ward
- House Teams: Merian
- Administration: Sandy Kaur
- Administration Team: Northbridge Office
Years of Service recipients were:
10 years of continuous service
- Judith Ellis
- Danielle Guildea
- Khalid Hassan
- Jo-anne Lock
- Karen McLellan
- Britta Meyer
- Sandy Ochieng
20 years of continuous service Patricia Johnson
- Kelly Oram
- Joanna Weare
Media contact: Michelle Ebbs
T (08) 9474 3304 | M 041 940 1335 E Michelle.Ebbs@identitywa.com.au | W www.identitywa.com.au
Identitywa, one of WA’s largest agencies supporting people with disability and their families. Registered NDIS provider.
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